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Police say man laced stolen mail with chemicals to steal checks in 3 boroughs

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Police are searching for Gilroy Pacheco, 23, in connection with several checks being stolen. (DCPI)

Police are searching for Gilroy Pacheco, 23, in connection with several checks being stolen. (DCPI)

THE BRONX— Police are looking for a man they say is using a chemical agent to steal money from people’s mailboxes in three boroughs.

According to police, Gilroy Pacheco, 23, has been allegedly stealing mail containing money orders to cash the checks. Pacheco is wanted in connection with 18 incidents of the same matter.

The first incident happened in the vicinity of East Harlem on January 2, 2014.

In each case, the suspect takes mail from the mailbox and uses chemicals to remove the payee name on checks. He then cashes the checks in either his name or names of other people.

There have been reports of the suspect hitting the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The majority of the cases have happened in the Bronx.

The most recent incident happened on May 4 in the vicinity of West Bronx.

Police have shared two photos from Pacheco’s social media accounts to try and find him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) and then enter TIP577.

All calls will remain anonymous.