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Checks mailed to Hanover churches found in vehicle; arrests made

Posted at 2:54 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 14:54:14-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- A man and two teenagers were arrested outside a Hanover church accused of stealing checks mailed to houses of worship.

Marius Vaduva, 25, and the two juveniles, all of Baltimore, were arrested February 22.

"Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded the 8300 block of Atlee Road for a possible mail larceny in progress at a church," Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Steve DiLoreto said. "While en-route, deputies were advised that a church member reported a suspicious vehicle parked by the church’s mail box for an inordinate amount of time. The suspect vehicle was intercepted by deputies. During the course of the investigation, checks belonging to Hanover County churches were recovered from the vehicle."

Vaduva and the teens are charged with larceny of bank notes, conspiracy to commit felony, and petit larceny. Vaduva is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

"This type of criminal activity has been on the increase. Getting the word out about these types of criminal activities is critical," DiLoreto said. "None of this would have been possible without a concerned church member calling in the suspicious activity."

Anyone who believes they are a victim of mail theft can also report it to the Postal Inspectors by calling 877-876-2455.