Police: Two arrested for stealing mail from over 100 Springfield homes
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Two people were arrested Thursday afternoon when officers found stolen mail from over 100 Springfield residents inside of a woman's car, police officials said.
Springfield Police officers responded to a call about two suspicious people smoking drugs inside a parked car in the 2000 block of Olympic at around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.
They approached the duo, later identified as Jacqueline Martinez, 31, of Eugene, and Miguel Swafford, a 21-year-old homeless man, while they were still in the car.
During a search of the vehicle officers reported finding stolen pieces of mail including checks, bills and credit card applications.
Investigators believe that Martinez and Swafford drove through mostly Springfield neighborhoods and took things out of mailboxes.
Martinez was booked at the Lane County jail on 50 counts of felony mail theft while Swafford was lodged on an outstanding theft warrant. Officials expect more charges to come as they have submitted the case to the District Attorney's Office.
People living on Cloverleaf Loop, West J St., Rambling Dr. and Lomond Ave. were all targeted by the suspects, police officials said.
Investigators will notify victims as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and other law enforcement continue to look into the case.
Anyone who believes their mail was stolen is asked to contact the U.S Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455.