Four people have been arrested in a case in which thousands of dollars in checks were stolen from church mailboxes, according to the Mooresville Police Department.
Adrian Lache, 24; Celine Padeanu, 21; Nicusor Diamant, 41, and Mariana Firu, 32, all of Kannapolis, have been charged with larceny of chose in action (larceny of bank checks), identity theft, felony conspiracy to commit identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses.
Arrest reports from the Iredell County Detention Center indicate that Lache and Padeanu were arrested by the Mooresville Police Department on Sept. 6.
Police did not disclose when the other suspects were arrested.
On June 7, the Mooresville Police Department began investigating reports of checks being stolen from the mailbox of a church in Mooresville, police said. Several victims who had their checks taken from the mailbox and later deposited into other bank accounts without their permission were identified during the investigation, the agency reported.
This information allowed investigators to uncover a larger scale of criminal activity, where around $60,000 was deposited into suspects’ bank accounts via checks stolen from multiple church mailboxes in surrounding jurisdictions, police said in a news release.
Detectives from the Kannapolis and Mooresville police departments and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office have identified several suspects linked to the case, with the four arrested, according to the release.
Police said the suspects are being held at the Iredell and Rowan County detention centers.