Bait packages, provided by Amazon, were set out on Covington porches by local and national investigators in hopes to catch mail thieves in the act. Photo courtesy of the City of Covington.

Bait packages, provided by Amazon, were set out on Covington porches by local and national investigators in hopes to catch mail thieves in the act. Photo courtesy of the City of Covington.

Thieves tempted by bait mail in Covington, arrested by KCSO

A sting operation by KCSO, Covington and the postal service leads to felony charges

Package thieves sneaking around Covington received a shock when they found out the mail they stole were set up by multiple law enforcement agencies.

The City of Covington and the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) released a statement about how a team-effort led to multiple arrests last week. KCSO, Covington and the United States Postal Inspector Service (USPIS) completed a mail theft emphasis operation on Friday, Aug. 23. The operation included the multi-billion dollar business Amazon, which provided fake packages to tempt thieves.

“The operation involved placing bait packages on residential front porches and then arresting people who unlawfully removed the packages,” a press release posted on the city of Covington’s Facebook page. “The city of Covington was selected for the operation because of the number of complaints made to the USPIS by residents. Specific neighborhoods with higher rates of reported theft were targeted.”

KCSO and the Covington police made multiple arrests, and felony charges were referred to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office against the individuals. One of the bait packages included a Vive virtual reality headset, valued over $1,300.

The city encouraged residents to continue to report thefts and other crimes to help gain the attention of local and national law enforcement agencies.

“Operations like this, and others occurring in Covington, are only possible because we are able to work with the community to identify problems and come up with innovative long term solutions,” the city press release stated. “Reports do matter because we can’t address problems unless we are made aware of them!”

For information specifically about reporting and preventing mail theft, visit the USPIS website, www.uspis.gov/tips-prevention/mail-theft. To report other “not-in-progress crimes” in Covington, call the King County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 206-296-3311 or report online at www.reporttosheriff.org.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@covingtonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.covingtonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

 A $1,300 virtual reality headset was one of many items provided by Amazon to help local law enforcements catch mail thieves. Photo courtesy of the King County Sheriff’s Office. 

 A $1,300 virtual reality headset was one of many items provided by Amazon to help local law enforcements catch mail thieves. Photo courtesy of the King County Sheriff’s Office. 

King County Sheriff deputies pull over a suspected mail thief in Covington during a special sting operation on Aug. 23. Photo courtesy of the King County Sheriff’s Office. 

King County Sheriff deputies pull over a suspected mail thief in Covington during a special sting operation on Aug. 23. Photo courtesy of the King County Sheriff’s Office. 

More in News

King County Courthouse adjacent to City Hall Park (courtesy of City of Seattle)
County council votes to take dangerous park out of Seattle’s hands

City Hall Park, next to the courthouse in downtown Seattle, has had multiple reports of crime.

stock image
Health care workers call on state’s hospitals to help mitigate staffing crisis

Health care workers unions claim hospitals have the resources to fix the issue.

MultiCare Auburn Medical Center. File photo
Do you need to pay for your COVID hospital stay?

Washington state law requires hospitals to provide free care for certain income brackets.

Stock photo
State AG Ferguson leads effort supporting local journalism

Federal legislation offers tax credits to subscribers, businesses and news organizations

C-17 at Joint Base Lewis McChord airstrip (courtesy of United States Military)
King County councilmember proposes program to aid transition of Afghan interpreters who served the U.S. overseas

Program would provide job training and learning opportunities for Afghan interpreters and advisors.

Vaccinations taking place. File photo
Inslee: No ‘massive disruptions’ as worker vax rates hit 90%

A surge in vaccinations has eased concern about service slowdowns ahead of a Monday deadline.

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert (file photo)
Lambert removed from King County Council leadership roles

Lambert received backlash after her campaign used flyers that depicted her opponent as a puppet.

Courtesy of King County Police Officers Guild
Office lacks power over King County law enforcement in misconduct investigations

Director Tamer Abouzeid presents OLEO annual report to law and justice committee on Tuesday.

Photos of drug bust and Fury the K9 unit (courtesy of King County Sheriff's Office)
King County Sheriff’s Office confiscates over $1 million worth of deadly fentanyl during drug bust

With help from a search dog, officers found 97,000 fentanyl pills and eight pounds of heroin.

Most Read