Camas police seeking mail theft suspect

Dumped mail near Klickitat Park included ballots

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Camas police are seeking information about the person and vehicle shown in this image, related to a mid-October mail theft case in Camas' Prune Hill neighborhood. (Contributed photo courtesy of Camas Police Department)

Camas police are seeking a mail theft suspect accused of breaking into four community mailboxes in the Prune Hill neighborhood.

Police responded to a possible mail theft call on Oct. 18 after a citizen discovered dumped mail items, including six voter ballots, near Klickitat Park. Police later discovered another three voters ballots, as well as four community style mailboxes that had been pried open, with “some mail stolen from each one.”

Police say they returned all of the ballots, which were “intact but wet from the weather,” to their owners.

Police were able to locate surveillance video of the possible suspect from neighbors in the area. Police say they have not yet identified the person in the videos and that the investigation is ongoing.

“Camas Police would like to remind citizens to be vigilant and observant, especially with the upcoming holiday season,” the police stated in a news release. “Be aware of your mailbox and those of your neighbors. Immediately report any suspicious activity to the authorities.”

Police also say mail theft is not uncommon and that Camas officers frequently respond to calls regarding found mail.

“In general, the suspects are looking for mail items that can be used for financial gain (checks, credit cards, personal info that can be used for opening fake charge accounts),” the police stated in the news release. “In these cases the unwanted mail is often dumped nearby, just as the ballots were in this case.”

Anyone who has more information regarding the mail theft investigation in Camas should call the non-emergency police number by dialing 311.