DEER PARK, Wash. – Customers of a Deer Park post office did not know why for several months they were not getting their packages and letters.
Turns out, a woman had been stealing from the post office for months.
The post office first tried to switch out the lobby drop box, but the mail thefts continued. That is when law enforcement got involved and mailed a fake letter to try and catch whoever was behind the thefts, that suspect took the bait.
“I had recently mailed something that was with a check, I mean you drop it in the box here thinking that it's safe because that's where you want it to be versus you know out in the rural area,” said Jenny Feist.
Thankfully for Feist, her check made it. But, she knows of other customers who were not as lucky.
“I just overheard him and it sounded like he was in the construction business and he had sent out a couple checks that just never arrived,” said Feist.
To catch the thief, a law enforcement officer mailed a fake greeting card from the lobby drop box as a test. Inside the greeting card, the officer placed a $10 Walmart gift card and neither the card or gift card ever went out in the mail.
About a month later, court documents said the gift card was used at a Walmart in Spokane. So officers checked the store surveillance the day it was used, saw the woman who used it, and traced her license plate back to a PO Box at the very post office where the thefts were happening.
Officers later arrested Barbara Babb and when they searched her storage unit they found some of the stolen mail. She is now charged with money laundering and possession of stolen property.
(© 2016 KREM)