Police find stolen mail while investigating a disabled vehicle on a bike trail in Newark

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A vehicle was driving on the bicycle trail westbound when the vehicle became disabled in the area of a pedestrian bridge, police say.

NEWARK (DE): Newark Police say they are investigating after officers found stolen mail in a vehicle that was stuck on a bike trail Monday morning.

Police say officers responded to the James F Hall Trail just after 7:30 a.m. in the area of Apple Road for a report of a vehicle in a stream along the trail.

A vehicle was driving on the bicycle trail westbound when the vehicle became disabled in the area of a pedestrian bridge, police say.

The operator of the vehicle fled the scene of the collision.

“A check of the immediate area revealed discarded US Postal Service outgoing mail, which was collected by police.,” said police spokesman Andrew Rubin. “Officers determined that the mail had been stolen from several US Postal Service mailboxes, specifically from mailboxes at Ritter Lane and Beverly Road, East Main Street and Tyre Avenue, and Ruthar Drive in Harmony Hills.”

Police believe the thefts occurred in the early morning hours of October 12, 2020. Police are trying to determine if the thefts are related to previous mail thefts in Newark.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lt. F. Nelson at (302) 366-7100 x. 3119 or fnelson@newark.de.us. Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

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