Salem police use sting operation to catch package theft suspect

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SALEM, Ore. – Salem police officers used a sting operation to catch and arrest a package theft suspect Wednesday.

The police department partnered with the Keizer Police Department and the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office to conduct the undercover sting operation. Their strategy was to target people who have been stealing packages to delivered to local residents.

According to police, Cassandra Raquel Vollmer, 30, removed a package that had been delivered by the U.S. Postal Service to the front porch of a residence in Northeast Salem.

Police immediately contacted Vollmer after they say she took the package. She was arrested and charged with mail theft and possession of methamphetamine.

The Salem Police Department reminds the public to keep their packages safe using the following tips:

  • If possible, track delivery status of packages that you have ordered. When you are anticipating a delivery, try to have someone home who can accept the package.
  • If you know at the time the order is placed that nobody will be home, have the package delivered to a neighbor or friend who will be home so they can accept it.
  • Ask friends and relatives who may be sending packages to you to let you know the package is on the way and anticipated delivery dates.
  • Connect with your neighbors and have an agreement that if someone sees a delivery to a residence where nobody is home, the neighbor will take the package and keep it safe until the intended recipient returns home.
  • Have an area where packages can be dropped that is not in plain view from the street or sidewalk.
  • Utilize the option that most delivery services have to hold packages at their facility. They will notify you that you have a package and it can be picked up there.
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