by: Henry Rosoff Updated:
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Bellevue police recovered hundreds of pieces of stolen mail and personal documents when they pulled over a car Friday.
Colleen Dunseath said she was one of many living along 104th Ave. SE who had their mail stolen.
“I was missing a bank card one day,” she said. “I had to call the credit union and say my card had not made it.”
KIRO 7 obtained court documents showing that police believe 49-year-old Bobbie Catton and Juan Rivera-Barrera may be responsible for much of the recent mail theft.
According to the documents, Bellevue police pulled over Catton’s car for suspicious driving Friday. Paperwork shows an officer found 162 checks, 102 letters, 77 financial documents, 16 debit and credit cards and 15 insurance cards.
Police also said they also found gallon bags of cellphones, a typewriter, a garbage bag of "stamp and letter kits," and tools to break into mailboxes including a screwdriver, a hammer, and a pair of bolt cutters.
Documents show Catton has 11 felony convictions and is currently being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspector for even more mail fraud. Rivera-Barrera has two felony convictions.