JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wash. - A burning complaint in Jefferson County resulted in the arrest of a man suspected of stealing mail.
The Jefferson County Sherriff's Office said deputies were called about 8 a.m. Tuesday to the 200 block of Cedar Avenue in Port Hadlock and discovered people burning a chair in the backyard of a home.
Several people were asleep in a car and a man suspected of selling a stolen welder Aug. 27 had a backpack on his lap containing several pieces of mail addressed to other people, deputies said.
The man had an outstanding warrant and was arrested, deputies said.
After a search warrant was obtained, deputies said 70 pieces of mail addressed to 21 different people were found.
Authorities said they also found methamphetamine, syringes and drug paraphernalia.
The man was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen mail, third-degree theft, possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant.
A woman asleep in the car was also arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.
Deputies said the mail will be returned to the United States Postal Service after the suspects are charged.
Most of the mail was addressed to residents in Port Townsend, deputies said.
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