- Associated Press - Friday, August 29, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Sedgwick County district attorney says reports of mail theft are increasing in Wichita.

Marc Bennett said Thursday that thieves are targeting government checks and credit card applications. He says they typically steal during the day.

Wichita police recorded 134 cases of mail theft since January. Sixty of those happened in the past three months.

Bennett says thieves use personal information from stolen mail for identity theft. He suggests residents collect their mail when it’s delivered, buy a mailbox lock or rent a post office box.

Mail theft can be a misdemeanor, felony or federal crime depending on what is taken.

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