Thieves use sticky tactics to snag mail

Tax season is a tempting time for thieves and KRQE News 13 found out there’s been a handful of arrests around the metro area of people found with devices commonly used to steal people’s mail.

From January to April the blue postal service boxes fill up within hours.

“Everything from your social security number to your address,” Angelica Martinez said.

The United States Postal Service has an inspection service known as its own law enforcement branch. KRQE News 13 learned within the last two weeks a handful of people in the Albuquerque area have been caught with other peoples mail and what postal inspectors call “fishing devices.”

These devices are used to get into blue bins, typically placed outside post offices.

“People will figure out ways to steal your money or your identity and everything else.” Herb Bohannon said.

That’s why most people say they’re not taking chances anymore. Everything they have to mail out, they walk into the post office. 

“I just went in and delivered my mail,’ Bohannon said. “I mean there’s nothing safe including mailboxes anymore.”

Two weeks ago Robert Trujillo, 41, and Candace Lamb, 32, were arrested by Sandoval County deputies. A search warrant shows investigators found checks, piles of mail and two fishing devices inside the vehicle they were driving.

The same week Albuquerque police arrested Daniel Collins, 32, and charged him with one count of forgery and one count of fraud. This, after officers, said he and two others tried to cash another person’s check.

The woman told APD she placed the check in one of the blue mailboxes. 

“The crooks are out now that there is money out there during tax season,” Office Simon Drobik said. “Either checks going out or checks going in.”

When investigators searched the car Collins was driving, they found checks, mail and fishing devices.

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