Inside the vehicle that was being driven by a trio who allegedly broke into South Austin mailboxes last week, police said they found over $800 worth of packages meant for residents in the area, according to an affidavit obtained Monday.
On Dec. 1, a police officer was dispatched to 58818 Mordred Lane, where a caller said people were stealing mail. The officer later stopped a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle nearby.
When the officer searched the vehicle, he found numerous pieces of mail meant for residents in the area. The officer also found methamphetamine inside the vehicle. The three suspects were handcuffed and arrested.
As they were being taken to jail, police was dispatched to a neighborhood near the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center where discarded packages were lying on the side of the road with addresses of different people.
Officers later searched the vehicle further, and found the following items which matched the description of the package slips that were found near the wildflower center:
- Curling iron: $108.12
- Monogrammed Christmas pajamas: $194
- Needle point switching: $178
- Pellet gun: $77.99
- New Balance shirt: $156.16
- Two magnetic cup holders and soccer socks: $58.97
- Book: $38
According to the affidavit for Lambert, he has been charged with "Theft - Engaging in organized crime," a state jail felony. Moffett is still in custody while Maynes is not in custody according to online records with the Travis County Jail.
This is not the first time the area has seen package thefts. From Dec. 15, 2015 up until now, there have been close to 20 incidents of mailboxes being broken into at different mailbox clusters in South Austin, according to the Austin Police Department. In those incidents, financial records and packages have been stolen. The thieves also stole identifying information that led to move financial crimes against the victims.