Hillsborough police warn of increase in mail thefts

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With increasing mail thefts, Hillsborough Township police are reminding residents to be aware of the type of mail they put in their mailbox and retrieve their mail in a timely manner.

The most recent mail theft occurred on March 20. At approximately 11:18 a.m., the Hillsborough Township Police Department received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Tally Ho Trail.

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Officers located the vehicle with a fraudulent Georgia temporary registration which led to a motor vehicle stop. Upon a search of the vehicle, a package containing a credit card issued to a victim on Tally Ho Trail was located. Also in the vehicle were various pieces of mail addressed to victims from multiple jurisdictions along with lists of personal identifying information belonging to numerous individuals. All of the victims have all been notified. 

Clifton Souna, 36 and Kenneth McMillian, 31, both of Brooklyn, N.Y. were arrested, transported to the Somerset County Jail and were lodged pending a detention hearing in the matter. 

Souna was charged with third degree theft of a package, third degree conspiracy to commit package theft, fourth degree credit card theft, fourth degree conspiracy to commit credit card theft, fourth degree possession of fraudulent government documents, and fourth degree trafficking of personal identifying information.

McMillian was charged with third degree theft of a package, third degree conspiracy to commit package theft, fourth degree credit card theft, and fourth degree conspiracy to commit credit card theft.

Stolen mail can facilitate crimes such as “identity theft, check fraud, and credit card fraud.”

“If possible, when mailing a check or other valuable items it would be best to utilize the post office drop box located at the post office,” Police Chief Michael McMahon said. “Please be vigilant in reporting any suspicious activity to the Hillsborough Township police as soon as possible.”

The Tally Ho Trail incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information can contact (908) 369-4323.  

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