3 Arrested for Alleged Mail Theft in southeast Chico

Three people have been arrested for allegedly stealing Chico residents’ mail early Sunday morning.

Posted: Jul 22, 2018 4:55 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2018 7:14 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Three people have been arrested for allegedly stealing Chico residents’ mail early Sunday morning.


According to Butte County Sheriff’s Office PIO Megan McMann, deputies got a call around 6 a.m. at Stilson Canyon Road just off Humboldt Road about a suspicious vehicle near some mailboxes.


A witness walking their dog described the suspect vehicle as a 2008 White Dodge Ram 1500.


Deputies later found the truck, with one male driver and two female passengers inside as well as lots of pieces of stolen mail.


Deputies arrested Brian Lawson, 32, Christina Powell, 44 and Shatana Goods, 39, two of whom were found to be in possession of drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin.


They were all booked into Butte County Jail on charges of mail theft and several other charges.

This is a good reminder for all of us to check your mail frequently and there are a few other precautions you can take such as buy a lockbox at the post office for expensive items, never send checks, cash or credit card information by mail and put your mail on hold if you're heading out of town this summer.


You can also request through sites like Amazon that someone must be home in order to drop off a package.


One last thing -- leave down the red flag on your mailbox - the postal worker will stop by either way, and that red flag is a clear signal to a potential theft that you've placed items in the box.

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