BCSO: Mail thief arrested in Durham

Feb 14, 2016 10:54 PM by Cecile Juliette

A man has been arrested, accused of stealing mail in Durham. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, early Thursday morning, deputies were called to the area of Oro Chico Highway and Lott Road in Durham, after a caller reported a suspicious black SUV driving around in the area. The caller suspected the driver was stealing mail. According to investigators, deputies found several pieces of mail in the SUV. They also found identification cards, checks, and other items belonging to several victims. Heroin and Methamphetamine were also found in the vehicle, according to authorities. The driver, Chico resident Brandon Amundsen, 24, was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substances, Mail Theft and Identity Theft. Investigators say he also violated the terms of his recent OR (Own Recognizance) release. His bail was set at $49,000.

According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, investigators have identified at least 80 victims. They plan to contact everyone they can, but want anyone suspected of being the victim of mail theft to call BCSO at (530) 538-7321. They also ask that possible victims check credit statements to look for discrepancies.

Below are a few tips that could help decrease your chances of being a victim of mail/identity theft:

  • If possible, choose to receive bank, mortgage, utility, and credit card statements online. The less mail with your sensitive personal information coming to your home, the better.
  • Retrieve your mail promptly and try to not leave your mail in the mailbox overnight
  • If you’re gone for an extended period of time have a trusted friend or neighbor collect your mail for you. You can also call the Postal Service and request they hold your mail until you return.
  • If you do not receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing business/agency as soon as possible
  • Purchase a security mailbox or consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes
  • If you’re expecting a package delivered to your door step while you’re at work all day, consider having the package delivered to your work or a trusted neighbor’s house who you know will be home to collect the package


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