Update: Suspect identified and arrested in USPS mailbox theft

Eric Smith, 51, of Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Department


The lead detective assigned to this criminal investigation identified the suspect as Eric Smith, 51, of Atlanta. Smith was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail Friday charged with two counts of Theft by Taking, misdemeanors, and two counts of Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime.

Initial Story

(Duluth, Georgia) Gwinnett Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a mailbox package theft.  According to a press release from GCPD, on Dec. 2, 2018, and Dec. 9, 2018, an unidentified black male is seen getting out of the front passenger seat of a silver Ford Focus at 4040 S Berkeley Lake Road in unincorporated Duluth.  The suspect uses a key to enter a USPS mailbox and steal the packages and contents inside. It appeared that the suspect had what appeared to be white USPS boxes in the trunk of the vehicle.  This person is not an employee of the USPS.  One of the items taken from the mailbox was business checks which were later fraudulently altered and cashed in the Atlanta area.

Suspect in theft and fraud case. Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Department

If anyone has any information to share in this case, they are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit https://www.atlantapolicefoundation.org/programs/crime-stoppers/.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number: 18-114761



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