MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police announced Thursday that several arrests have been made in a large-scale mail theft ring. Medford Police state the following investigation has been a joint operation between the Medford Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
Police say this case dates back to approximately September of 2012, when police said several suspects reportedly stole large quantities of mail from mailboxes of residents in Jackson County, Oregon.
Police say the suspects opened the mail and then removed financial instruments and identity documents for the purposes of bank fraud and identity theft. Medford Police say More than 1,000 victims of mail theft were documented in this investigation along with more than 2,000 pieces of stolen mail.
Five suspects were arrested. Robert Powelson, Kayla Strange, Dallas Tedford, Eduardo Navarro, and Lana Marshall were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury and are currently in custody awaiting trial. Associated with the bank fraud were 13 co-conspirators; not all have been arrested yet. Each of the co-conspirators opened checking and/or savings accounts with local banks that police say was for the sole purpose of depositing the stolen or forged checks.
On July 10th this year, Medford Police say more arrests were made. Medford Police said eight law enforcement officers from the Medford Police Department and the US Postal Inspection Service worked together to arrest the remaining outstanding suspects.
As a result of the “roundup,” six suspects were arrested and two are still outstanding. Police are not releasing the information on the two outstanding suspects.