Seattle police stamp out alleged mail thief

SEATTLE -- Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps Seattle police officers from fighting crime, and that includes mail thieves.

Officers were called to the area near the 4600 block of South Holden Street around 7 a.m. Wednesday after getting a complaint about drugs involving a black Honda, said Det. Mark Jamieson with Seattle Police. An officer found the car and upon checking the license plate, discovered it had been stolen.

However, when the officer turned around to contact the driver, the driver sped off.

The driver made it to about 44th and S. Rose Street where he ditched the car and ran away on foot. Officers found the man a short time later and after a brief foot chase, took him into custody.

Upon searching the man's car, officers discovered a large bag filled with what appeared to be hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, Jamieson said. The car was impounded and if the mail turns out to be stolen, U.S Postal Inspectors will be brought into the case.

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old driver has been booked into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft and having stolen property.