I call the Postal Inspector who was very helpful, and on hearing that there had been other mail thefts in the area immediately assumed that the mail was stolen and will call me Monday for a full report. Then I call the police, who say they need to come to the "scene" to proceed. I was leaving in ten minutes for my weekend away and figured I'd call today and complete the report.
On the way up to New Hope, I stopped at the bank to cash a check for some spending money and find out that I have $34.49 left in my checking account. I called the customer service center to find out what was fraudulently charged, and they said they have been trying to contact me for days (but leaving no messages on my machine...hmm) to ask about some unusual charges. More of the same: $300 Office Max, $250 at Rockport and one for $2.95 at a website called www.knowx.com. I explain that none of these charges are mine and she tells me I have to go to a branch on Monday and fill out an affidavit that says they aren't and so on.
My brother calls his friend and asks him to find out what knowx.com is all about. Apparently, for the not-coincidental price of $2.95 knowx.com will provide any user with the public records available for anyone else. Also not-coincidentally, this was the first charge made on my card between the night it was stolen the first time and the shopping sprees.
We returned today about twenty minutes ago and I called the police again. This officer informs me that it is not the job of the police to investigate mail fraud and finds it unusual that the Postal Inspector suggested I call them. He said the actual theft of the mail is the Post Office's job, and then the crime of using the stolen card is the responsibility of whatever police jurisdiction the card was used in. So once I find out where these stores were where the charges were made, I have to call that police department to file a report. I asked about the knowx.com wrinkle of the story, and he said that only when fraudulent accounts are made in my name, i.e. once the identity theft process begins, then can they investigate. But he did suggest I change my social security number just in case, and also suggested I rent out a P.O. Box for a while. And here I had that number all memorized and everything.