Police are searching for two people linked to a string of identity theft(WDAY TV) -- The search is on for two people linked to a string of identity thefts starting in Otter Tail County. The thefts and counter-fitting have now stretched from Otter Tail down I-94 to Wisconsin.
(WDAY TV) -- The search is on for two people linked to a string of identity thefts starting in Otter Tail County. The thefts and counter-fitting have now stretched from Otter Tail down I-94 to Wisconsin.
Larry Albright: "About mid October our credit card company called us, the fraud department, and asked if we had cashed or tried to cash a balance transfer check in the tune of $6,800. We said no."
Albright says It was on of those blank checks that credit card companies send you and it was lifted right out of there mailbox here on this dead end street in the town of Maine in Otter tail county.
Police say these two Justin Lee Feldt and his girlfriend Jessie Ann Pechia took the checks and other mail from at least 6 homes on the rural street.
According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's department the two brought there checks to the Affinity Plus Credit Union here in Fergus Falls and deposited them in there own accounts which police say leaves a good paper trail as well as video tape of the transactions.
The two then worked there way down I-94 writing more checks and allegedly stealing more mail in the Anoka area according to police. Now they claim that Feldt and Pechia are passing counterfeit bills in Wisconsin.
Feldt pled guilty to 35 counts of mail theft in Becker County back in 2006.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff Department think that the two are likely trying to get more from the victims.
John Krager/Otter Tail County Sheriffs Deputy: "They have access to that mail and there are various pay websites where they can try to get more personal information on you regarding your social security number your date of birth stuff like that."
Now while preparing for the holidays Larry Albright get online regularly to check his credit.
Albright: "Daily I go in there and just check and see if there are any new charges or new credit cards."
And he'll also be calling to make sure his credit card company doesn't send any more checks. Something he thinks everyone should do.
Police believe there may be more mail theft victims. They urge you to check your credit card accounts and contact your local law enforcement if you see anything suspicious.