The United States Postal Inspector Service, along with the King County Sheriff’s Office and Covington Police Department, completed a mail theft emphasis operation on Aug. 23, 2019 that led to multiple arrests of suspects, who were booked on investigation of felony theft charges.

The operation was made possible with the help of Amazon, which provided the bait packages.

US Postal Inspectors placed bait packages on the front porch of several residences in the City of Covington, as agreed upon by the homeowners. Once the packages were stolen off the porch, postal inspectors were able to track the whereabouts and call police.

For information specifically about reporting and preventing mail theft, please visit USPIS website.

Actual traffic stop of suspect after theft of a bait package. Photo courtesy King County Sheriff’s Office.
Photo of Vive virtual reality headset valued over $1300.00 that was in the bait box which was recovered from a suspect’s residence. Photo courtesy King County Sheriff’s Office.

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