Mail Thefts in South Laurel Area Currently

This reported today from a South Laurel-area HoA officer:
I learned yesterday from our mail delivery person that there have been mail thefts in our (and other local) neighborhoods, accomplished mostly when  residents put OUTGOING mail in their mail boxes for the mailman (or lady) making their rounds.  Those letters include a high preponderance of checks being made to pay bills.

The thieves take the checks, "wash them" to remove the ink used to inscribe the checks, put in new denominations of the amounts to be paid, and place a name of the "recipient" on the check to be cashed (no doubt, using a phony ID of a non-existent person).