Princeton Police Blotter: Checks stolen from U.S. Postal Service mailboxes, credit card and unemployment fraud, bike theft

A Princeton Avenue resident reported on July 30 that her husband put a check for $10,000 in a United States Postal Service mailbox that was for a contractor. Someone else stole the check, altered it, and cashed it.

On Aug. 1, a resident reported that three checks he had placed in a United States Postal Service mailbox were stolen, altered, and cashed.

A resident reported to police on July 28 that he put four checks in the U.S. Postal Service mailbox on Palmer Square West, and all four checks were then stolen, but not altered or cashed.

A Maidenhead Road resident reported to police on July 28 that someone had fraudulently applied for unemployment benefits through her employer by using her contact information. The Princeton Police Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

A Ewing Street resident reported to police on July 28 that someone used his contact information to open a credit card at Kay Jewelers in Livingston. The suspect then purchased two necklaces valued at $5,459.18.

A resident of Spruce Circle reported on July 30 that someone transferred $2,000 from her
checking account into an unknown Capital One account. Someone also fraudulently cashed a check she had not written herself in the amount of $2,995.

On July 28, a resident of Nassau Street told police that he received a letter from a bank containing a credit card for an account he never signed up for himself. The credit card account was created by someone else using his contact information.

On July 29, a man reported that the rear window of his car was shattered by someone when the car was parked in a public parking lot on North Harrison Street.

A woman reported to police on July 26 that at some point overnight, her bicycle was stolen from the bicycle rack outside of her apartment on Stanworth Lane. The bike was not secured with a lock.


  1. Why are the banks not requiring more identification when these checks are in large amounts and are being cashed?

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