Police: Ex-Yonkers letter carrier part of larger mail theft scheme

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A former Yonkers postal worker is being accused of stealing people’s checks from mailboxes across the city.

Investigators say 30-year-old Lorell Legrand worked for the post office for a year, at branches on South Broadway and Yonkers Avenue before recently resigning.

Police say the former letter carrier deposited the forged checks into her own personal bank accounts. They also said they believe she was part of a large mail theft scheme.

“We believe Legrand was acting in concert with a group of individuals who were stealing mail, washing checks and depositing the fraudulent checks in Legrand's personal account,” said Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.

Police also arrested 20-year-old Shaquille Wiltshire in connection to the alleged mail fraud. Wiltshire lives in the same School Street apartment building as Legrand.

Yonkers police say the Postal Service is now working to add enhanced security features on all mailboxes. Police say there has been a decrease in thefts since the mailboxes have been modified.

Authorities say more arrests are likely.

Legrand was charged with grand larceny and three counts of identity theft. She is due back in court on June 25.

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