Man faces mail-theft, stolen-check charges

A White City man already in jail on suspicion of cashing a stolen check has been charged in a separate mail theft, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported.

Nicholas Morris, 33, was arrested Wednesday after a bank teller became suspicious during his attempt to cash a $1,000 check at Chase Bank branch in Central Point. He was lodged in jail on first- and second-degree forgery, first-degree attempted theft, identity theft and second-degree theft in connection with two check fraud cases.

Investigators got a tip that Morris was involved in the theft of a U.S. Postal Service mail container on Tuesday, the Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

On Tuesday, a U.S. Postal Service mail container containing eight to 12 individual mailboxes was reported stolen from the 2700 block of Falcon Avenue in White City, the sheriff's department said. According to postal service managers, the box was in its place the previous day.

While investigating the tip about Morris' involvement, sheriff's detectives found the stolen mail container in the 3600 block of Avenue G in White City.

They added charges of first-degree theft and criminal mischief, and eight counts of mail theft. Morris remained in jail Friday on $75,000 bail.

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