Mail Thieves Ply the Slots 

"We have these old doors with the mail slots in them," says Debra McClane, a board member of the Westover Hills Neighborhood Association. It's easy for someone to snatch the bills. "Then your bill never gets paid, and you don't know until the next time around," she says.

McClane says she hasn't had any checks stolen, but her driver's license renewal application mysteriously never made it to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Postal inspectors are investigating the mail thefts, and residents have been advised to take their outgoing bills to the post office.

Westover Hills residents have been buzzing about the check thefts. There's not much crime in the neighborhood aside from the occasional disappearance of patio furniture, McClane says. — Melissa Scott Sinclair

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