Santa letters not delivered: Duo stole mail from from nearly 2,000 victims, cops say

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Source: York County Sheriff's Office

Dec. 13 2021, Published 10:13 a.m. ET

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Roughly 2,000 people across the Carolinas have reportedly been ripped off by a duo of letter thieves. York County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Jennings Peter Keziah, 34, and Tressa Nichole Baucom, 28, on multiple counts of mail fraud, including petit larceny, financial card theft, and identity theft,

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Both Keziah and Baucom were arrested on Dec. 7 after a person reported to the sheriff’s office two people were throwing mail out of a car in the Walmart parking lot in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

Authorities said more than 3,600 pieces of mail and 74 packages dating to November were taken from North Carolina mailboxes in Mecklenburg, Union, Gaston, Rowan and Caldwell counties and South Carolina mailboxes in the Clover, Lake Wylie and York areas of York County, York County Sheriff's Office investigators said.

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Detectives hand returned the mail to the victims in York County along with a letter stating how to file a report if they want that option. Authorities are also working with the United States Postal Service to attempt to return the mail back to the North Carolina victims.

Officials said North Carolina victims who would like to file a report need to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Keziah was charged with possession with intent to sell a schedule II controlled substance, trafficking opium or heroin, two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in January 2019, according to the Lincoln-Times News.

Keziah and Baucom were ordered held at the York County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.


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