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A federal prosecutor said she's “appalled” by the number of people who had their mail stolen in in a suspected regional theft ring and may seek aggravating circumstances against four suspects.
“This is an ongoing, every day thing,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Pam Byerly said. “This is their job.”
Dominque M. Ryan, 18; her sister, Candice J. Thompson, 22; and Thompson's boyfriend, Eric J. Peltier, Jr., 29, are in federal custody without bail after their arrests Monday.
U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno denied requests by Ryan and Thompson's lawyers, Bevan Maxey and Jeffry Finer, to be released. Finer has appealed the decision and cites, among other reasons, the fact that the U.S. Probation Office recommended she be released to live with her father in Tacoma.
Ryan's boyfriend, Kyle K. Croson, 21, is at large. Peltier's lawyer, Jaime Hawk, had his bail hearing postponed until Tuesday. Peltier has a misdemeanor warrant in Pierce County.
The suspects face months to a couple of years in prison if convicted of stealing mail, which is a federal offense.
Ryan, who had methamphetamine and marijuana with her when she was arrested, has no criminal history and works at a call center. Thompson has convictions for driving while license suspended and failure to transfer car title.
The women have been deeply affected by the drug overdose death of their mother, according to court testimony. Lawyer Jeffry Finer said he's worried Thompson is “chasing her mom's history.”
Thompson's three-year-old daughter was in their apartment in 300 block of East Baldwin Avenue when law enforcement arrived Monday. The child is now in the custody of Child Protective Services. Finer said it's difficult to discuss that with Thompson. “Whenever we touch on that issue, she breaks down,” Finer told Imbrogno.
Investigators recovered about 1,000 pieces of mail stolen from hundreds of people in Eastern Washington and North Idaho in the apartment and in two cars Monday.
Peltier told police he and Thompson moved to Spokane from Tacoma about two months ago with their daughter to live with Ryan and Croson.
He, Thompson and Ryan cried in court on Thursday.
“I love you, too” Peltier said to Thompson as she was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
He then turned to two friends in the audience and, through sobs, denied the allegations.
“It wasn't us,” Peltier said. “It wasn't us.”
About 1,000 pieces of mail stolen from hundreds of people in Eastern Washington and North Idaho were recovered in Spokane on Monday.
Police had been investigating the thefts since a woman reported seeing a white car with two men and two women stealing from mailboxes on May 24.
Spokane police Officer Glenn Bartlett reported contacting a suspicious vehicle that was circling a neighborhood on May 26. The occupants he contacted later emerged as suspects in the mail thefts when their names were attached to bank accounts where altered checks had been deposited.
Detectives with the Spokane Financial Crimes Task Force identified the suspect vehicle as a 1997 Dodge Intrepid belonging to Kyle Croson, 21. Police searched Croson's apartment in the 300 block of East Baldwin Avenue on Monday. Candice J. Thompson, 22, and her boyfriend, Eric J. Peltier, Jr., 29, were arrested.
Peltier told police he and Thompson moved to Spokane from Tacoma about two months ago with their three-year-old daughter to live with Thompson's sister, Dominque Ryan. Ryan is Croson's girlfriend.
Peltier said they started “mailboxing” about two weeks after arriving in Spokane. He said Croson and Ryan frequently “mailbox” but that he and Thompson hadn't done so recently because they were out of money for fuel. Investigators searched the apartment as well as the Dodge Intrepid and a Chevy Malibu, where they recovered the stolen mail.
Thomspon said they stole mail “hoping to find cash inside of graduation cards,” according to court documents.
Croson, Thompson, Peltier and Ryan are charged in U.S. District Court in Spokane.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest thieves who used stolen credit cards to buy $18,000 in computer equipment and other items.
The credit cards were stolen from a 64-year-old woman who was shopping at Rosauers, 9414 N. Division St., then used to buy merchandise that same day. More than $7,000 was spent at the Target store at 13724 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley.
The theft occurred July 29, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced today. Detectives have not been able to identify the man and woman pictured on surveillance cameras using the stolen cards.
Anyone with tips on their identities is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.