Lou. business owner believes thieves are stealing from mailboxes on Illinois Avenue


by WHAS11


Posted on March 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A stolen check leads a Louisville business owner back to his surveillance camera and what he finds is a bit of a shock for him and warns other businesses, next to his, that they should also be on the lookout.

The owner of Louisville’s Affordable Drywall, Jerry Foster, believes the thieves are stealing not just out of his mailbox, but going up and down the street looking to prey on businesses in the vicinity.  The robbery nearly cost him more than a $1,000. He worries that unsuspecting neighbors could be at the same risk.

The staff, at Affordable Drywall, believes surveillance video is the key to learning how someone nearly walked out of a bank with more than $1,700 of their money.

“He goes to our mailbox he's there for a couple, then he's like "ah score there's mail in here," Foster said.

Thursday was a normal day for Foster until he got a disturbing phone call from his bank.  Saying there was a man trying to cash a check from his account.

“She said he was up here trying to cash a check for $1,722. I said I didn't write no check to this guy,” Foster said.

The bank called police who arrived and arrested Gregory Gover. The check Gover tried to cash looked similar to Foster’s checks, but the bank teller noticed inconsistencies.

The bank believes the check is a forged duplicate. Gover is now charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument. Foster says he was surprised the fake check had a real check number. The number of a check he had just put in his mailbox the day before.

“At that time I knew what happened, he must have got in my mailbox and got it out,” Foster said.

In the surveillance video you can see Gover get into the neighboring business’ mailbox.

He believes surveillance video from early Thursday morning shows a person, followed by a car, running from mailbox to mailbox down Illinois Avenue. 

That prospect has neighboring businesses unnerved, but some neighbors WHAS11 talked to said they had not noticed mail missing as of yet. 

Although there has been one person arrested, Jerry thinks there are others behind the mailbox thefts. Police can't confirm that and tell us they haven't seen the surveillance video.