Coweta Crime

Alabama woman steals Coweta mail

by John A. Winters

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Coweta Sheriff’s Office

Coweta Sheriff’s Office recovered a garbage bag from Wilkes’ vehicle filled with mail that had been stolen from 48 residents in Coweta County.

An Alabama woman is charged with nearly 50 counts of identity fraud for stealing mail from residents throughout Coweta County.

Authorities found a garbage bag full of stolen mail in the suspect’s vehicle, almost all the mail coming from various financial institutions, according to Investigator Chad McDonald with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Evans was patrolling the area of U.S. Highway 27 Alternate near Moreland last week and stopped to investigate a Mercury Mountaineer parked in the roadway blocking the intersection of the highway and Carroll Road, the investigator said.

The driver, later identified as Wyndi Wilkes of Phenix City, Ala., was asleep in the car, he added.

A check showed she had no valid driver’s license and an incorrect license plate on her car.

“Wilkes was arrested for traffic offenses and an impound inventory was conducted on her vehicle, at which time Deputy Evans recovered a garbage bag filled with mail that had been stolen from 48 residents in Coweta County,” McDonald said in a statement.

“Almost all of the stolen mail was from financial institutions such as banks, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, and investment brokers.”

Several of the envelopes were opened and Wilkes was able to view victims’ account numbers, the investigator said. A stolen credit card was found in her purse. 

A background check found Wilkes is on probation in Muscogee County for financial transaction card forgery and is also on parole in Alabama on forgery charges relating to counterfeit checks.

“Wilkes is being charged with 48 counts of identity fraud and one count of financial transaction card theft in relation to this incident,” McDonald said.


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