MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police arrested four people in connection to a string of mail thefts and associated identity thefts that were reported earlier this month.
Last Friday, Medford detectives arrested a man who had been attempting to pass a stolen check at a Wells Fargo bank on Crater Lake Highway. Police said the suspect had been trying to cash a $1,500 check that had been stolen out of a mail box the day before from Ramada Drive in Medford.
The investigation led police to the suspect’s residence in Medford, where police recovered stolen mail and other evidence that had been disposed of in an apartment complex dumpster. Further investigation led to the arrest of three more men involved in the mail and identity theft crime spree.
In total, police said stolen mail from over 80 separate victims and 50 separate residences were recovered. The stolen mail included checks, credit/debit cards, statements from banks and investment firms, and other pieces of mail containing sensitive financial information.
Detectives determined the suspects would steal mail from unsecured mailboxes in the Medford area. They would then go through the stolen mail and use checks to commit forgeries around the Medford area. Detectives believe this group is responsible for several other similar cases and remains under investigation.
Medford Police believe there are additional suspects related to this case. They are in the process of contacting the over 80 possible victims of mail theft. Two of the suspects were also charged with possession of methamphetamine.