Two suspects arrested in recent Cape Girardeau mail thefts

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 11:56 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2021 at 6:27 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Two men have been arrested as part of investigations into recent mail thefts in Cape Girardeau County.

In a statement, the Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office announced that 36-year-old Joshua Hall Bowers and 32-year-old Cody Allen Reid had been arrested on Oct. 15.

Bowers was charged with fraudulent use of a credit device, which is a Class E felony and trafficking 3/4 of a pound of methamphetamine, which is a 2nd Degree Class B Felony.

Reid was charged with Fraudulent use of a credit device, which is a Class E Felony.

Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson said their investigation started after receiving several complaints of both mail and packages being stolen in some neighborhoods across the county.

She called it a nationwide problem right now, and encouraged residents to watch for suspicious vehicles or activity.

The sheriff shared some of the ways residents are protecting their mail and packages from would-be thieves.

“We’ve had employers allow their employees to receive packages at work to eliminate some of this, and a lot of areas,” Sheriff Dickerson said. “Especially in the heavily populated areas, we’re seeing a lot of lock boxes show up, where residents have a key to the box, that’s where the deliveries are made and then everyone retrieves their packages from the lock box.”

If you are expecting a valuable delivery, the sheriff said to check with the sender to see if it should have already made it to your home.

She said tips about a suspicious vehicle led to the arrests of Bowers and Reid.

She also said it’s hard to lock down the number of cases.

According to the sheriff’s office, more arrests are expected to be made.

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