KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Kyle officers responding to a welfare check on two people who appeared to be passed out in their vehicle uncovered several bags of mail stolen from at least seven different cities earlier this month.
According to the Kyle Police Department, around 4 a.m. on June 4, officers received the call that a white Chevy pickup truck had been sitting at the Stripes convenience store at 7809 Camino Real for an extended period of time and two people inside appeared passed out. When police responded they found Joshua James McGlasson, 30, and Melissa Moncada, 27, in the truck. When police had McGlasson exit the vehicle due to an outstanding warrant, they found a pipe with brown residue in his pants’ pocket. Moncada told officers there was meth in the vehicle.
When police had McGlasson exit the vehicle due to an outstanding warrant, they found a pipe with brown residue in his pants’ pocket. Moncada told officers there was meth in the vehicle.
While searching the vehicle, officers found 3.6 grams of the drug and $1,000 in cash. During an inventory of the vehicle, after the couple was placed under arrest, investigators found several bags of mail, from both residences and businesses, with addresses in Cedar Creek, Maxwell, Dale, Austin, Kyle, Buda and San Marcos. The mail contained $300,000 in checks and about a dozen credit cards, as well as several other personal documents.
“This was probably the biggest case that we have had in relation to mail theft,” said Kyle Police Department Captain Pedro Hernandez. “It’s usually just a couple pieces of mail, or a couple of credit cards that have been stolen, but in this case there were obviously hundreds of pieces of mail stolen.”
Authorities said one credit card had already been used for a purchase at a Lowe’s store.
“One of the victims was very appreciative, she was surprised that she had not even noticed that her credit card had been stolen and already used. We notified her before she even realized that she had been a victim of this,” said Hernandez.
The United States Postal Service considers this a crime of opportunity. When people leave for vacation or forget to check their mail for days in a row, they say it makes it easy to become the next victim.
“They are looking for a financial crime that they can convert to their own personal use very, very quickly and that is what makes it attractive. If there is a check or something in there, that is what they are looking for,” said United States Postal Inspector Michael Sullivan.
Sullivan says the best way to make sure you’re not the next victim of mail thefts is to check your mailbox daily. He says people can sign up online and ask the post office to hold from delivering mail if they plan to be away from home.
McGlasson and Moncada were charged with fraudulent use and possession of identifying information and possession of a controlled substance. Both are in the Hays County Jail on combined $50,000 bond.
Kyle police have been reaching out to the mail theft victims. The postal inspector says postal workers will recover the stolen mail from the police department which will be copied, categorized and put into spreadsheets.
Any mail that hasn’t been tampered with will be sent to the owner in a special envelope with a letter explaining what happened. Anything that’s been damaged will be kept for evidence, but victims will be told where they can find it once the situation is resolved.
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