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3,000 pieces of mail stolen by Brian Chipman in Pasco County

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Pasco County, Florida -- One man's mail theft has affected nearly 1,000 Pasco County residents. 

Deputies arrested 30-year-old Brian Chipman Tuesday for allegedly digging through multiple mailboxes and stealing everything inside. The Pasco Sheriff's Office has gone through the stolen mail and are now realizing the full scope of the theft. 

The have have identified more than 900 victims and recovered approximately 3,000 pieces of stolen mail according to Sheriff Chris Nocco.

"They were stealing people's mail and either taking people's checks or they were using the information for other purposes," said Sheriff Nocco.

See also: Man steals mail, PIN numbers from Pasco mailboxes

Multiple law enforcement agencies are examining incident reports for cases that may be related to the stolen mail, including check fraud, credit card fraud, tax fraud and identity theft.

Victims have been identified in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough.

"Right now you may not know you're a victim but if you check your credit report or go on line and something doesn't seem right, notify your local sheriff's office," said Nocco. "It may be connected to this case and we want to be able to help you out."

Chipman is currently at the Land O' Lakes Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

A female companion, Shelly Johnson, was also arrested in relation to the case, charged with evidence tampering after deputies say she conspired to burn some of the stolen mail in a bonfire.

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