Roseville police recover trove of stolen mail in New Year’s Day stop


courtesy of Roseville Police Department A New Year’s Day traffic stop in Roseville following a tip from a concerned citizen yielded stacks of stolen mail in an SUV driven by three people from St. Paul.

Roseville police recovered stacks of stolen mail, small packages and loose gift cards — more than 400 items in all — from three people stopped in a vehicle on Jan. 1.

According to the Roseville Police Department, a resident called 911 around 8:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day from the area of Terrace Drive and County Road C to report a white SUV whose occupants were stealing mail in the neighborhood.

The caller wasn’t able to get the truck’s license plate number but did snap a picture of it as it drove off, police said.

An officer was a few blocks away from the area when the call came in, and stopped the SUV as it headed southbound on Dale Street near Highway 36. Based on the photo the resident had taken, police confirmed it was the same vehicle seen in the neighborhood minutes earlier.

The officer said he saw stacks of mail in plain view inside the SUV, some of it unopened, along with packages and gift cards. 

Police said in a Nextdoor posting that it’s believed the mail found inside the SUV was stolen between the afternoon of Dec. 31 and the morning of the traffic stop, from the east side of the city.

The three people inside the SUV — a 22-year-old woman, a 23-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, all from St. Paul — were arrested for mail and identity theft. One of them allegedly told police they had been driving around stealing mail all night.

Roseville detectives are sorting through the recovered mail and are attempting to return stolen items to their owners, police said. The alleged thieves stole mail from 104 addresses, with 195 victims of theft in all. Some of the items found in the SUV may be linked to a St. Paul burglary.

The maximum penalty for mail theft is three years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both, whereas the maximum penalty for identity theft is 20 years, a $100,000 fine, or both. Police arrested the three for identity theft because they suspected the people had been using the stolen mail to steal identities.

Roseville police ask that anybody who thinks they may have had their mail stolen to file a police report online at www.cityofroseville.com/3218/File-a-Police-Report or by calling the department at 651-792-7008.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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