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Carolina Beach Police Catch Christmas Mail Thief

Timothy Gillespie.

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CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police arrested 45, year old Timothy Glenn Gillespie of Florence Avenue in Carolina Beach on December 27 for stealing mail from numerous Carolina Beach mailboxes. According to police, an officer was notified of possible larceny at an address on Lake Park Blvd. A business owner reported he observed a white male approach his business and took mail out of his mailbox at the building housing El Cazador Mexican Restaurant. The thief proceeded to walk to 208 Florence Avenue.
Security cameras identified Gillespie and it appeared he took a Christmas card.
Gillespie confessed to officers. The police report said he, "Stated he did take a Christmas card from the business because he had no family to spend Christmas with this year.
He told officers the card was in a trash bag that was laying on top of a pile of trash. Officers asked Gillespie if they could search the two bags and they were given permission.
The search revealed Gillespie had searched and taken mail from over 68 local residences. The report states, "While depriving them of the items and knowing same was illegal."
Gillespie was arrested and taken to the Police Department for processing. He was placed under a $5,000 secure bond.
Detective Harry Humphries said Gillespie hit areas up Carolina Beach Avenue North and Canal Drive as well as streets immediately surrounding his Florence Avenue residence and areas towards the Carolina Beach Lake. He said Gillespie hit some 70 residences over eight weeks.
Humphries said they were shifting through two large garbage bags of mail. One lady mailed her mortgage check. Gillespie opened that and tore up the check. Several gift cards were found and it's unknown how much money was obtained from Christmas cards.
Gillespie was charged with ten counts of larceny. The theft of the mortgage check is a felony. The rest of the charges are misdemeanors. If anyone suspects their mail was taken by Gillespie, please contact the Carolina Beach Police Department at 910-458-1246 or 458-2540.
Humphries said the U.S. Postal Service is aiding in the investigation helping to identify the owners of the gift cards.
He said the gift cards are considered financial instruments and will lead to more felony charges for Gillespie who was still in jail on January 8th at press time.
Humphries said his office is still going through mail contained in the trash bags and the number of people affected will likely be much greater.