Monroe police arrested a Monroe man in connection with a rash of thefts of checks from mailboxes in December and say he is responsible for similar thefts in many area towns, including Milford. Corey Roberts, 23, of 871 Main Street, was arrested Jan. 17 and charged with first degree larceny, identity theft, criminal impersonation, second degree forgery and forgery of symbols of value. Police announced they were investigating thefts of checks from several mailboxes in December and urged residents to avoid using their mailboxes to send checks. Instead, authorities said to use the large, blue US Postal Service mailboxes or bring checks directly to the post office. \u201cAn investigation was initiated into the theft by the Monroe police Department Detective Division, and showed that Corey Roberts had been stealing the checks from mailboxes, depositing them into several bank accounts, and making cash withdrawals of that amount,\u201d Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley said. \u201cHe was also obtaining money transfers using the stolen check information, and creating counterfeit checks with the stolen account information.\u201d McCauley said investigators were able to follow the \u201cpaper trail\u201d left by Roberts' alleged actions. \u201cThree search warrants were served; two in Bridgeport and one in Monroe,\u201d McCauley wrote. \u201cIn the course of the investigation, multiple other victims were identified in Trumbull, Milford, Stratford, and Shelton. The department continues to investigate the incident.\u201d Roberts was held on bond until a Tuesday, Jan. 21, court date.