Bellevue mail thieves shipped to jail

A trio of mail thieves received a first class delivery to the King County Jail on Monday, courtesy of the Bellevue Police Department.

A trio of mail thieves received a first class delivery to the King County Jail on Monday, courtesy of the Bellevue Police Department.

The thieves were apprehended by law enforcement shortly after 1 a.m. on May 9, when a patrol officer spotted the men walking down the 100 block of 98th Ave. NE. One of the individuals was carrying a package, while mail was scattered on the ground around all three.

Further investigation revealed that the suspects had been stealing mail from the neighborhood, according to police.

When the arresting officer searched the suspect carrying the package, he found a BMW key in his front pocket. It was later determined that the key belonged to a stolen vehicle that was parked in the area. Inside the BMW, police found evidence of theft, vehicle prowling and drug activity.

Officers also discovered that there was an active felony arrest warrant out for one of the individuals.

The three subjects — a 27-year-old Seattle man, a 30-year-old Fall City man and a 42-year-old Gig Harbor woman — were arrested and booked into jail for investigation of theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of motor vehicle tools, obstruction of justice and the arrest warrant.

The stolen vehicle was returned to its’ rightful owner, and officers hand-delivered the stolen mail back to the proper addresses. Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stayed them from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, police said.

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