VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Volusia County deputies have arrested several people in a mail theft ring that hit four counties and resulted in more than $30,000 in check fraud.
Deputies said a five-month investigation found that 15 people were stealing mail for a single ringleader. Four of the suspects were arrested on Wednesday, with a fifth suspect facing more charges from an earlier arrest.
Carl Croyl, 33, was charged with organized scheme to defraud and two charges of passing counterfeit checks. Deputies said Croyl was stealing mail to get checks, then washing the check and cashing it.
Croyl was arrested after a woman found pieces of someone else's mail in her trash can at the side of the road, and the fingerprints matched Croyl's. Croyl was linked to mail thefts in Edgewater and is in the Volusia County jail on a $30,000 bond, according to the report.
Investigators said the mail theft ringleader was Sean Drawdy, 36, who would have his group drive around neighborhoods searching for mailboxes with red flags raised and steal the mail inside.
Drawdy, along with Jodisue Schofield and Joshua Wilkes, was also arrested on organized scheme to defraud charges.
Additional arrests are expected as the investigation continues.