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Kitsap woman arrested for stealing checks in outgoing mail

A 27-year-old woman was arrested last month for stealing checks from several people who were mailing them to pay bills, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the incident report, a 50-year-old South Kitsap man reported March 10 that payment for a speeding ticket he mailed in February was never received. He said he placed the envelope in his mailbox, and learned from calling his bank the payee of the check had been changed to an unknown man and deposited into a Bank of America account for a business he did not know.

The deputy responding to the report was familiar with the business and a suspect who had previously made deposits into the account, and contacted the bank to get a list of other possibly fraudulent checks.

• A 36-year-old woman had a $35 check to her credit card company stolen after she placed it in her mailbox. The payee was changed and deposited into the same account as the other victim’s check.

• A 49-year-old man had a $214.78 check he placed in his mailbox to pay a bill stolen and deposited into the same account.

• At the same time that the 49-year-old’s check was deposited via an ATM, a 31-year-old man’s $178.14 check was being deposited into the same account.

After viewing surveillance footage of ATM transactions, the deputy identified the suspect and contacted her after she was arrested by a Bremerton Police Officer.

The suspect reportedly admitted to depositing the check, then asked to speak to a lawyer.

Among the suspect’s belongings, the deputy reportedly located a spiral notebook that contained a list of names with corresponding dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses and driver’s license numbers, along with other information.

The suspect was arrested for four counts of forgery and booked into Kitsap County Jail under $50,000 bail.

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