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Woman stole nearly $275,000 worth of checks from collection boxes in DFW, charges say

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Police found 200 checks worth about $275,000 inside a woman’s car in Fort Worth, according to charging documents.

Brittany Ann Cole was charged with mail theft on Monday, according to records in the Fort Worth division of Northern Texas’ federal district court.

Officials say Cole stole checks from various blue collection boxes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including North Richland Hills, Watauga and Roanoke.

A Roanoke bank called police when Cole tried to cash a stolen check she had altered. Police tried to pull Cole over but she did not stop, leading police on a high-speed chase. She was eventually caught when she got out of the car and started to run away on foot, according to the charges.

Inside Cole’s car, police said they found multiple IDs, Social Security cards, credit cards, checks and a device used to steal mail out of collection boxes.

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