Police: Large amount of stolen mail recovered from Burien suspects caught in the act

BURIEN, Wash. — Two people were arrested and a large amount of stolen mail was recovered as part of a mail theft sting by the US. Postal Inspection Service and Burien police officers.

Postal inspectors and Burien police officers were called to the 11000 block of Roseberg Ave. in Burien early Tuesday for a report of a mail theft in progress.

Two suspects were interviewed, and a large volume of stolen mail and other stolen items were recovered from their truck, postal inspectors said.

Both suspects were arrested and booked into the King County Jail on outstanding warrants and investigation of second-degree theft. Additional charges could be filed as the investigation continues.

Inspectors are working with the Burien Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office on another mail theft case stemming from a search warrant where more than 1,500 pieces of mail and other identity documents were recovered.

The US Postal Inspection Service has these tips for protecting yourself from becoming a victim of mail theft:

  • Pick up your mail as soon as you can (don’t leave it out overnight).
  • Use a mail hold if you are going to be out of town.
  • Not home in time, ask a friend or trusted neighbor to pick it up for you.
  • If your mail is stolen, report it: uspis.gov or 877-876-2455.
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