Troopers: Wasilla couple wanted in mail theft scheme now in custody
Alaska State Troopers say a Wasilla couple wanted on charges related to large-scale mail theft turned themselves in Monday night in Palmer.
Brittany and Jacob Melton, both 34, had warrants for nine counts of fraudulent use of a stolen access device and seven counts of second-degree theft, according to a press release from the troopers.
AST says they began an investigation in mid-November after photos of people in a black SUV stealing mail were posted on social media. Troopers say they identified Jacob Melton as the driver then determined he and Brittany were the subjects of multiple ongoing investigations.
When they searched the Meltons' home, troopers say they found 41 suspected stolen credit and debit cards. They also found a typewriter used to forge 30 checks, also suspected to be stolen.
The estimated value of the stolen checks and unauthorized purchases with the credit and debit cards, troopers say, is roughly $30,094.
AST says the investigation into the Meltons is ongoing and troopers expect additional charges against the couple.
Troopers say this is a multi-agency investigation, including the state's financial crimes division and the local U.S. postal inspector.
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