Edmonds Police: Couple Caught With Stolen Mail From Nine Cities

Police impounded a car that was being driven without its headlights on at 1:30 a.m., and ultimately found 407 pieces of mail stolen from more than 134 victims in Kirkland, Edmonds, Shoreline, Woodinville and other cities.

A couple from Brier will likely face felony mail theft charges after Edmonds Police said they were found with 407 pieces of stolen mail in their car from dozens of victims in Edmonds, Kirkland, Shoreline, Woodinville and five other towns.

Edmonds Police obtained a warrant and searched the car after contacting the man, 41, and woman, 34, on Feb. 15 at 1:30 a.m. because the vehicle was being driven without the headlights on.

“They went to nine different jurisdictions to gather this mail,” said Edmonds Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh. “A lot of it came from Kirkland.”

The mail was also allegedly stolen from Seattle, Kenmore, Bothell, Lynnwood and Arlington.

“What we’re doing is trying to contact folks here in Edmonds first,” said Marsh.

When the case is adequately documented, he said, the pair will likely face felony charges of mail theft, second-degree possession of stolen property and misdemeanor charges.

The man was the driver, and was initially arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license. The car was then impounded and a search warrant obtained.

Officers found 407 pieces of mail belonging to between 134 and 159 victims.

Tere Ryder February 19, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Not surprising......many times our mail is not in our box until after 5:00p.m......in winter, after dark.......Sometimes we forget to get it until the next day because we have went to our mailbox a number of times late in day, and mail not there......then forget about it Dark......good time for bad people to steal the mail discretely
Michelle Tessier February 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Agreed. Mail is arriving entirely too late. In our are it arrives nightly not daily
Jeanne Gustafson February 20, 2013 at 04:40 AM
I would highly recommend a locking mailbox or mail slot (my sister's neighbor got one for the neighbors, and it seems like a good deal for safety): http://faq.usps.com/eCustomer/iq/usps/request.do?create=kb:USPSFAQ&view%28%29=c[c_usps0916]&varset%28source%29=sourceType:embedded
Karen Story February 20, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Mail is stolen in broad daylight - time of day does not protect you. Anyone who doesn't have a locking mailbox is just waiting to be a victim of mail theft. Drained bank accounts, identity theft - these are just a few of the costly and stressful results. We simply leave a padlock in our traditional mailbox. The postal worker locks it after depositing our mail. We unlock it to retrieve our mail and place the lock back in the box. We only put outgoing mail in locked mail slots.
Brad H. February 21, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Steal the mail, go to jail!


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