Alaska State Troopers arrested a Fairbanks early Monday after he allegedly tried to steal mail, but a trooper pulled his vehicle over festooned with envelopes.

Troy Towse, 41, was arrested shortly after the incident began at about 4 a.m., according to an online dispatch. A trooper had seen “two individuals sprinting away from the row of mailboxes on the north side of Chena Hot Springs Road, in between Smallwood Trail and Jamal Drive.”

When the people got into a white Pontiac Grand Am, troopers pulled it over after it headed down Jamal Drive. Three males were inside, two of whom were released at the scene. Towse was a backseat passenger in the vehicle.

“Mail addressed to an address of Smallwood Trail was stuck to the vehicle's rear antenna and spoiler,” troopers wrote. “Additionally, more mail addressed to addresses off Funk Road was observed on the floor in the rear of the vehicle.”

Towse was taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of misconduct involving controlled substances, making a false report and violating his probation, as well as three felony no-bail warrants. The vehicle and the mail inside were seized, pending further investigation.

Troopers are asking anyone with additional information on mail thefts in the area to call the Fairbanks AST post 907-451-5100. Anyone who has had mail stolen should also call U.S. Postal Service inspectors at 1-877-876-2455.

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