Tuesday, January 29 2013, 03:45 PM CST
Police arrest mail theft suspects
MEDFORD, Ore. -- After seeing an increase in mail theft, Medford Police have made four arrests.
Police started seeing a significant increase in mail theft and associated identity theft cases during the holiday season and much of January.
On Jan. 25, detectives were able to make their first arrest when a suspect was attempting to pass a stolen check at the Wells Fargo bank branch on Crater Lake Highway.
The suspect -- identified as Cameron Blake Davis, 25 -- was allegedly trying to cash a $1,500 check taken from a mailbox on Ramada Drive in Medford, according to a press release from the Medford Police Department.
Police searched the suspect's home in the 2000 block of Brookhurst Street. During the search, they found stolen mail. They also found evidence that had been disposed of in an apartment complex dumpster.
Detectives recovered stolen mail from 50 victims, according to the press release.
The investigation continued and revealed three more suspects. Police arrested Jesse Garrett Edwards, 30; Ricky Singley, 20; and Anthony Hilterbrant, 24, the following day.
Police allege Davis and Edwards forged at least four checks for over $1,000 from four separate victims.
So far, police have recovered stolen mail from more than 80 victims. The mail included checks, credit and debit cards, bank statements and other pieces of mail containing sensitive financial information.
Police are continuing the investigation.