Newark Police Find Stolen Mail in Car of Hit and Run Crash Suspect

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NEWARK, DE – On October 12, 2020, at about 0733 hours, Newark Police responded to the James F Hall Trail, in the area of Apple Road, for a report of a vehicle in a stream along the trail. Upon arrival, officers determined that the operator of the vehicle had been driving on the bicycle trail westbound when the vehicle became disabled in the area of a pedestrian bridge. The operator of the vehicle fled the scene of the collision.

A check of the immediate area revealed discarded US Postal Service outgoing mail, which was collected by police. Officers determined that the mail had been stolen from several US Postal Service mailboxes, specifically from mailboxes at Ritter Lane and Beverly Road, East Main Street and Tyre Avenue, and Ruthar Drive in Harmony Hills.  The thefts are believed to have occurred in the early morning hours of October 12, 2020.  Police did not say whether or not the mail pieces were mail-in election ballots.

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This incident is still under investigation to determine whether it is related to previous mail thefts in Newark.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lt. F. Nelson at (302) 366-7100 x. 3119 or fnelson@newark.de.us.  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.


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