Blaine woman sentenced for stealing from mailboxes

A Blaine woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after being charged with stealing hundreds of pieces of mail.

On November 20, Michelle Lyn Roe, 33, also known as Michelle Lyn Spaulding of Maple Crest Avenue, was Police_SG-1found guilty on multiple charges after stealing from approximately 270 mailboxes in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

Roe also pleaded guilty to bail jumping after failing to appear in court in September 2013.

Police were first alerted to Roe’s activities a year ago June, when a woman staying at Roe’s house accused her of stealing her credit card. When the guest searched Roe’s room looking for the card, she found a drawer holding mail from more than 129 addresses, and called the police.

Police searched Roe’s home and car, where they found more stolen mail and checks, as well as notebooks filled with social security numbers, bank routing numbers and lists of stolen identities.

Police were able to connect the addresses on the stolen mail to several people who have had their bank accounts hacked, according to the charging documents.

Roe had forged several checks, and police recovered two stolen credit cards and stolen  checks from her wallet.

Roe was charged with 27 counts of possession of stolen mail, two counts of forgery, seven counts of financial fraud and one count of identity theft.  Roe pleaded guilty to eight of the charges. The bail jumping charge increased her prison sentence from 18 to 33 months.

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