A rash of identity theft has Bradley County authorities on high alert. Investigators think it could be tied to several cases of mail theft.

"They're having problems with, actually, mail theft. People are going to steal people's mail while it's in the mailbox," says Sgt. Daniel Jones. 

It's gotten to the point where the humble mailbox in front of your home is a beacon to thieves.

Bradley County authorities were alerted to the problem when a man popped into First Tennessee Bank in East Ridge trying to cash a check for $3,000 that wasn't his.

"Personally, I think what he's trying to do is, he's trying to cover his tracks. You know? He's stealing the stuff in one county and going across to another county or another area and trying to cash it. Well, newsflash, if you will. You know, we do talk to each other."

The suspect is a white male, around 6 feet and 180 pounds. He also has a female accomplice. They face serious charges.

"Even though he's just trying to cash it, you've got criminal impersonation."

And, the postmaster may want a word with him and the woman for tampering with the U.S. mail.

The good news in this case, the bank denied his transaction.

"We gotta applaud First Tennessee Bank for them to actually look at the check and actually, basically insuring that this guy doesn't cash the check that he had stolen."

If you have any information on this burglary, call Crime Stoppers at 698-3333.  Your confidential call could make you eligible for a cash reward.