A Tulsa woman is now charged for allegedly removing mail from Tulsa mailboxes.
Jennifer Kathryn Steffen faces federal charges for possession of stolen mail. According to the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, Tulsa Police detained Steffen after a local resident videotaped the defendant removing mail from several mailboxes in the South Utica Avenue area. In Steffen’s possession at that time were pieces of stolen mail, stolen bank cards, and tools. US Postal Inspectors interviewed Steffen and she acknowledged she did not have authorization or permission to remove any of the mail found in her handbag.
“People should realize that when they have a single piece of mail that’s stolen, they face up to five years in prison,” said Postal Inspector Regina Faulkerson. “We appreciate both the Tulsa Police Department and the Northern District of Oklahoma for their assistance in this case.”
Inspector Faulkerson suggests the following ways to keep your mail safe:
•Collect the mail from your mailbox as soon as possible – don’t leave it overnight.
•While away from your residence for an extended period, submit a Hold Mail Order through www.usps.com or complete the request at your local post office.
•Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders.
The penalty upon conviction for Possession of Stolen Mail is up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.