Police Arrest Two Accused Of Stealing South Tulsa Residents' Mail

Friday, September 2nd 2016, 11:20 pm
By: News On 6

If you live in south Tulsa and you're wondering where your mail is, you might want to call the police.

Tulsa police detectives busted two suspects for stealing several hundred pieces of mail over the past few weeks.

They say the suspects were targeting south Tulsa apartment complexes for their community mailboxes, looking for credit cards.

Adam Landeis lives in an apartment near 81st and Memorial. He said he doesn't think any of his mail is missing, but he wouldn't be surprised.

"I mean, I know it goes on. It's just how it goes now," he said.

Detective Kayla Wiggs and the Tulsa Police Financial Crimes Unit agrees.

"We have seen an increase in mail theft," Wiggs said.

In fact, detectives say a pair of burglars broke into several community mailboxes over the past few weeks, targeting apartment complexes near 71st Street South.

"Roughly 125 victims who had their mail stolen overnight," Wiggs said.

Jennifer Steffen and Cory Ackely are charged with several counts of burglary and possession of stolen property.

Police said they used tools to pry open mailboxes and steal the contents inside, looking specifically for easy-to-use credit cards.

"Anything that goes to the apartment complexes, the suspects are taking any type of tool and they can just pry it open,” Wiggs said. “Then, you have all the cubby holes and they're just grabbing the mail out."

After watching surveillance camera video, officers arrested the pair Friday morning.

Detectives are now sorting through the stolen mail to see what else might have been taken.

They say it will likely be a long process to get it back to the right people.

Police say the less sensitive information you have sent to your mailbox, the better.

"Any bills you can pay online, pay online," Wiggs said.

If you live in a south Tulsa apartment and suspect your mail may be missing, contact Tulsa Police.