BLACK FOREST, Colo. - Several Black Forest residents could be at risk of identity theft, after a suspect or suspects went through their mail, Tuesday.
According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, a woman reported a possible mail theft. She said she saw a stranger next to her mailbox. As she walked closer, the man walked away, and her mail was scattered on the ground.
Investigators then discovered seven other residents who also had their mail looked through. The incidents all happened within a close distance to each other, near Vessey Road, Snow Mass Drive, Wyandotte Drive, and Wildridge Road.
Lt. Jeff Kramer, of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said thieves sometimes look through mailboxes, for several reasons.
"Folks looking for financial information, or enough personal information on any particular homeowner to be able to perhaps move forward with some form of identity theft," he said. "Sometimes they're even looking for something financial in the mail that they might get immediate gains on."
He said residents sometimes have important documents in their mailbox, to be picked up by post office employees. He suggests seeking alternatives, like dropping off sensitive information directly at the post office, or acquiring a PO Box.
Investigators are now searching for a man they think could be behind the mail incidents. They describe him as a black male, in his 20s or 30s, about 6 feet tall, and weighing around 150 lbs.
A vehicle could also be involved. It is a red, newer model, two-door hatchback.
If you see this man, or the vehicle, or if you have any information, call the Sheriff's Office at (719) 390-5555.
Going through other people's mail is a federal crime.