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Sheriff: Couple Arrested After GPS Tracker Hidden in Stolen Package

A Keno resident's effort to stop mail and package thieves using a GPS tracker led deputies to a couple driving in their car with their baby.

Posted: Dec 27, 2018 6:13 PM

KENO, Ore. — A resident of the little community of Keno in Klamath County led deputies to two suspects in a string of mail and package thefts after secreting a GPS tracker in a package, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

The resident put a GPS tracker inside of a decoy package, KCSO said in a statement, then left the package in their mailbox to "see what would happen." By Wednesday, around 11 p.m., the resident called 911 after noticing movement on the tracking device.

Using the tracking data, the caller kept dispatch advised of the device's whereabouts as it moved toward Klamath Falls. Deputies then pulled over a vehicle that appeared to have the package.

Inside the vehicle, KCSO said the deputies found Leah Withrow and Kameron Rivas and their baby. They reportedly admitted to stealing the package — not knowing that it contained the tracking device.

Deputies found other pieces of mail in their vehicle with addresses in both Klamath and Jackson counties. KCSO said that they are working with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office to assist with the investigation.

While Rivas was arrested and brought to jail, Withrow was cited to appear in court and released so she could care for their child.

"Since October 2018, Rivas and Withrow have been arrested, charged and are suspects in numerous other crimes in Klamath County," according to KCSO. They have faced a laundry list of charges, including Aggravated Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Possession of Methamphetamine, Mail Theft, Forgery I, Forgery II, Theft I, Theft II, and Theft III.

KCSO said that Rivas and Withrow often drive a green 2002 Toyota RAV4 with California license plates [similar vehicle pictured]. Citizens are advised to contact law enforcement immediately if this vehicle is spotted around mailboxes.

"The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office extends its gratitude to the resident who contacted 911 about the moving stolen package; rather than take matters into their own hands, they involved law enforcement, which was the right decision. The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to remain vigilant and properly secure residences, outbuildings, vehicles and mailboxes," KCSO said.

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