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Couple raids mailboxes to get personal information

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - What started off as a tip from a witness has turned into a huge ID theft investigation.

Police said a man caught a couple going through mailboxes and notified authorities.  

Police searched the couple's house and found thousands of dollars of items bought with stolen credit cards, meth and other drugs.

Police said Rodney and Barbara Burns would go to dark, isolated areas and raid mailboxes.

Authorities report that the couple would open credit cards and then shred the information that they stole.

West Richland Police are going through the shreds and trying to piece together the victim's identities.

Police think the couple has been doing this for at least two years.  

West Richland Detective Theresa Morrell said, "They have been at it for a while and it's another good thing for people to know that their mailboxes aren't secure.  If it's not a locked mailbox it's in jeopardy."

Shredded information that police are trying to put together includes bank statements, checks, Medicare information and even a social security statement.  Police said many of the victims live in Finley and Benton City.

Contact your local police department if you think you are a victim.