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Sandy Springs Neighborhood Hands Actionable Evidence to Police in Mail Theft Case

Learn how one Atlanta neighborhood was able to use Flock's wireless license plate reading camera to help solve a crime.

Story from 11 Alive.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — A suspected package thief could face federal charges in connection to hundreds of cases of mail fraud across the country.

The case started in April of 2019, when Sandy Springs Police began investigating a fraudulent credit card charge. The victim, located in Michigan, told police someone purchased a $59,000 painting.

Three months later, in July, the Sandy Springs Police were called about two package thefts from homes in the same area.

Another homeowner captured the suspect’s vehicle and license plate on a Flock Safety tag reader, which police used to set up an alert in their database. Soon, the officers found the SUV connected to the crimes and performed a traffic stop.

Police soon learned Brown was suspected of multiple other crimes. 

Police found eight credit cards and 17 pieces of mail in other people’s names inside the SUV. Brown was also wanted by Atlanta and Fulton County Police for identity theft, fraud and burglary.

And, it doesn’t stop there. Police executed a search warrant for Brown’s house and found a shocking amount of evidence.

“Ended up finding boxes and boxes and boxes of documents, mail, in other people’s names,” said Worsham. “So, the potential fraud victims could be hundreds.”

The sergeant explained victims could be from anywhere in the country.

The United States Postal Service took over the mail to investigate mail fraud and possibly pursue federal charges against Brown. Meanwhile, Sandy Springs Police are looking to see if there have any additional victims locally.

“We have a lot of work to do,” said Worsham.

Brown has 34 charges against him, Theft by Taking, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Financial Transaction Card Fraud, Giving False Name and Date of Birth, Identity Fraud, and Drug Possession. 

He was transported to the Fulton County Jail. 

Read the full story from 11 Alive.