Delivering Identity TheftPosted: Updated:
RICHLAND, Wash.--A house on Sheridan Place might be up for sale, and for three suspects, so was the homeowner's identity.
After stealing credit card applications from the mailbox, expensive computers were bought and delivered.
"I saw the lady on the bicycle sign for a package," says one neighbor who called police. And then the package was put on the porch."
After the courier drove away...
"A full pick-up truck pulled up in front of the house," says the neighbor. A young man got out of the front of the truck, the other person sat in the drivers seat of the truck, ran up to the porch, got the package, came out and put it in the back of the truck."
Police called FedEx Express and the homeowner checked his credit report. Turns out there were two purchases he never made.
"FedEx called police, saying they had another delivery for the house on Sheridan Place, but the suspects ended up calling FedEx back, asking that the package be delivered to a house on Englewood Avenue. When the FedEx courier arrived, she was carrying some additional freight."
"They called us when the package was due to be delivered, allowed one of our officers to go with them," explains Richland police Captain Mike Cobb. And (FedEx) really played a large role in helping us capture these individuals."
At the house, two men and one woman were arrested for identity theft. It's a relief for the concerned neighbor who admits he might now upgrade his mailbox.
"My wife and I talked about considering getting a locking mailbox or something of that type," says the neighbor.