Graduation gifts, wedding invitations, bills and countless other pieces of private mail littered Maple Avenue in Fayetteville on Saturday, May 4, after police said a man helped himself to the mailboxes while walking home from a night of drinking at a local bar.
Just before sunrise on May 4, 2019, Fayetteville Police Chief, David Kinzer, said police were dispatched to the area of Maple Ave. near Fayetteville High School, where a man was seen walking and throwing mail out of mail boxes.
“We’ve had some checks that came up missing, some graduation invitations and some other odd mail,” Kinzer said.
Kinzer said the majority of the mail was destroyed.
Officers followed the trail of scattered mail from Fayetteville High School all the way to the intersection at Hinkle road where they caught the man in the act.
Police reports stated Charles Edward Yates III appeared intoxicated and was reaching into another mailbox when officers arrested him, but not before he helped himself to Jeremy Thompson’s Amazon packages.
“I had ordered some sunglasses, I guess they were delivered Friday to my mailbox and sometime between the time they were delivered and the time the police officer stopped by my house, somebody had pulled them out of my mailbox,” said Thompson.
The officer told Thompson that Yates was wearing the two pairs of new sunglasses on his head. Thompson confirmed they belonged to him, and said he is glad it was not a check or something with personal information.
Thompson added the incident was unsettling.
“I’m hoping that he didn’t venture on to my property because that causes me a little more concern especially because I have little kids,” Thompson said.
Kinzer said to contact the police department if anyone believes their mailbox was affected, and notify their bank.
Records show Yates’s Blood Alcohol Content was more than twice the legal limit at the time of his arrest. He was charged with larceny and destruction of property, and he could possibly face felony charges for tampering with the mail.