Crime

Blaine woman sentenced to prison for stealing mail from hundreds of homes

A Blaine woman was sentenced to prison on Thursday, Nov. 20, after being charged with stealing mail from at least 270 different outgoing mailboxes across three counties in 2013.

Michelle Lyn Roe, 33, also known as Michelle Lyn Spaulding, will spend more than two and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges of possession of stolen mail, financial fraud and forgery, according to documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court. Roe also pleaded guilty to bail jumping, which increased her sentence from 18 months to 33 months in prison, according to the documents.

A woman who was staying at Roe’s home at 5115 Maple Crest Ave in Blaine as a guest in June 2013 called police when she thought Roe had stolen her credit card, charging documents said. The woman searched Roe’s room before police arrived and found mail belonging to 129 different addresses in a dresser.

Police searched Roe’s car and found backpacks filled with more stolen mail and checks. The mail was postmarked from May or June of 2013. There were also notebooks with lists of stolen identities, including social security numbers and bank account routing numbers. The mail was stolen from homes in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties, according to charging documents.

Police connected the stolen mail to multiple reports of stolen bank account information or identity theft, according to charging documents. Roe had forged the checks or used the routing numbers to commit financial fraud, and her wallet also contained two stolen credit cards and two stolen checks belonging to her mother, police said.

Roe was charged with 27 counts of possession of stolen mail, with mail from 10 different addresses making up each count. She also was charged with two counts of forgery, seven counts of financial fraud and one count of identity theft.

Bail jumping was added to the list when she failed to appear for a court hearing on Sept. 4, 2013, court documents said. She pleaded guilty to eight charges on Thursday.

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