At least 10 residences along Fivemile Road had their mail stolen last Friday, Aug. 15.
Wasco County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Scott Williams said deputies were able to send evidence to the crime lab.
“If anybody has any more information about suspects they’re encouraged to call us,” he said. Their number is 541-506-2500.
“It sounds like they went up the road, stole mail, came back down the road, discarded mail,” Williams said. Also, one house reported criminal mischief as well, since all the windows of his vehicle were broken out.
Deputies believe the two crimes were done by the same person, Williams said.
The first call came Friday at just after 1 p.m., when a man reported he’d “just caught someone” stealing his mail. He said he saw a “white dingy-looking sedan” driving away. He said he saw a “torn envelope from Wells Fargo that blew out of their window and the mailbox doors are open in the area.”
Later, another caller reported seeing a four-door white car with a driver and passenger in the back seat on the driver’s side. A third caller, also a victim, said he might have a possible license plate on the suspect vehicle.
The second caller reported a pair of glasses and a food slicer were taken from boxes that were delivered to her mailbox. The boxes were left behind but the contents taken.
Another caller reported a UPS package containing vehicle brakes was stolen.
Other callers reported finding mail at their property. Mailboxes were opened all along Fivemile, from its junction with Highway 197 to the forest boundary, some 15 miles away.
Williams said “It sounds like there was quite a few people who actually saw the vehicle.” But, possibly confusing matters is the mail delivery driver also has a white vehicle.
Mail theft on a scale like this happens maybe once a year, he said.
“Honestly, mail thefts go in spurts. We haven’t had any recently to this degree but there are from time to time mailboxes that get stolen from, so I would encourage people to check their mail daily.”
“There’s a lot of information in private mail that can lead to identity theft and people should also check their credit scores periodically,” he said. “Your credit card company sends you checks to pay off other bills and all kinds of credit card applications that are pre-approved.”
FTC.gov is a good website to report identity theft and reporting to credit bureaus, he said.
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