Thousands of pieces of stolen mail found in stolen car after January chase in Parker, police say

PARKER, Colo. - Police say thousands of pieces of stolen mail were found after a stolen car crashed at the conclusion of a chase in January.

Parker Police were acting on a tip about a stolen Dodge pickup truck when officers spotted it traveling down Parker Road on Jan. 18.

"The Dodge truck was originally aired as stolen. However, in the process of the small pursuit, we noticed a Ford Expedition following the Dodge truck also," police spokeswoman Sherry Corcoran said.

The Ford, which had been stolen in Commerce City, crashed outside an assisted living center and the driver, identified as 22-year-old Amber Garcia, was arrested.

The driver of the Dodge, which was stolen in Castle Rock, escaped during the chase. It was eventually found in Aurora. Corcoran said the suspected driver was arrested in Adams County on an unrelated charge.

The stolen mail was found in the crashed Ford. Some of it was stolen from residents near Sloan's Lake, while other items had addresses in Denver, Castle Rock and other states, police said.

"They are doing their best to contact everyone they think could be victims," Corcoran said about the U.S. Postal Service.

Mail theft carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, but that sentence can be enhanced if it turns out the mail was stolen for the purposes of identity theft.

The U.S. Postal Service is working to determine how much mail was stolen and everyone who was victimized.

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