FRANKFORT, IL – A seemingly innocuous noise complaint has led to a full-fledged investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Office.
According to Frankfort Police, it began around 1:25 am this morning, officers were alerted to a loud disturbance near the intersection of Elsner Road and Brookridge Drive. Responding swiftly, officers discovered that the disturbance was far from ordinary.
Unknown assailants had brazenly targeted the large drop-off mailbox situated in front of the local post office. Utilizing a tool, they forcibly cut open the secure container, raising concerns for the safety of the mail and the potential compromise of sensitive information. Anyone who used the box Saturday, July 29, 2023, after 5:00 pm could be at risk for identity theft.
Similarly, in Orland Park, at approximately 6 a.m. on Monday, July 31, the Orland Park Police Department was informed of an incident involving criminal damage to a post office mailbox at the United Postal Service location at 9500 W. 144th Place. A “sawzall” tool was utilized to cut open the mailbox, and some of the contents were taken from the location.
Both communities are now on high alert, and residents are urged to exercise caution and remain vigilant. There is a possibility that any information left in the mailboxes might have been compromised, including personal details and financial documents. In light of this potential threat, authorities strongly advise affected citizens in both Frankfort and Orland Park to closely monitor their financial accounts and credit profiles for any signs of fraudulent activity.
To further support those who may have fallen victim to identity theft, the respective police departments are offering identity theft information packets. These resources are aimed at providing additional guidance and crucial information for safeguarding personal data and preventing further harm.
As of now, the investigations remain ongoing, with the U.S. Postal Inspection Office actively pursuing leads and potential suspects in both cases.