SHAWNEE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating recent reports of stolen mail involving 60 victims and have a suspect in custody.
Just after 1 p.m. Thursday, members of the Topeka Police Departments Community Policing Unit concluded an investigation into recent mail thefts in the South West portion of Topeka, according to Lt. Andrew Beightel.
Through the course of the investigation a subject of interest was identified and on Thursday afternoon, police stopped 29-year-old Joshua Carpenter of Topeka for questioning. After the interview Carpenter was arrested and booked into the Shawnee Co Department of Corrections with the charges of burglary, forgery, criminal use of a financial card and criminal damage of property.
Information gleaned from this investigation serves as a reminder to always check and clear your mailbox of any mail. Also, report any suspicious activity of subjects checking your or the neighbors mail boxes, according to Beightel.