NCSO solves cases of stolen mail and cashed checks in eastern Nassau County
Between November 2018 and January 2019, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office received several reports of mail being stolen from mailboxes on the eastern side of Nassau County, according to a news release from Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper. Businesses and individuals were hit. Checks that were stolen from the mailboxes were then forged and placed into other accounts, according to Leeper.
One victim was anticipating a $580 check from her employer, but the check never arrived at her address. When she contacted her employer about when she could expect the check, she was advised that the check, mailed to her address, had already been cashed. The check had been taken from her mailbox on Hurricane Lane in Yulee, according to the release. Detectives learned that the stolen check had been deposited into the bank account of a suspect, Larysa Marie Klingbeil, and cash was withdrawn from two separate ATM transactions.
A witness advised law enforcement officials that a bag with mail for several different people and addresses was allegedly observed inside the suspect’s home on Alene Road in Yulee.
Klingbeil was arrested on a charge of uttering a forged instrument and booked into the Nassau County Jail. She also had an outstanding warrant for her arrest out of Jacksonville for retail theft.
Victoria Lynn Wegener of Fernandina Beach was arrested and charged with forgery and uttering a forged instrument, which was also related to stolen mail. Leeper reported that four separate stolen checks had been deposited into her bank account.
The checks in the Wegener case were stolen from addresses on J.I. Taylor Court, Old Nassauville Road, and Rock Dove Lane. Leeper said the investigation allegedly revealed that she was given the stolen checks to deposit into her bank account from those who were stealing from the mailboxes. In return, she would receive a portion of the proceeds.
NCSO detectives are working with U.S. postal inspectors on other mailbox thefts within Nassau County and additional charges and arrests are expected soon, according to Leeper.