Bundles of mail recovered from a parked vehicle at the Manchester boat launch is placed on a table to show the haul a woman and man were suspected of taking from mailboxes at 40 South Kitsap residences during the holiday season. The two individuals were arrested early Wednesday morning after being taken from their vehicle at the boat launch. (Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office photo)

Bundles of mail recovered from a parked vehicle at the Manchester boat launch is placed on a table to show the haul a woman and man were suspected of taking from mailboxes at 40 South Kitsap residences during the holiday season. The two individuals were arrested early Wednesday morning after being taken from their vehicle at the boat launch. (Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office photo)

Missing mail discovered along with suspected thieves in vehicle

Sheriff’s Office deputies find Silverdale woman atop piles of mail at Manchester boat launch

PORT ORCHARD — Do you live in East Port Orchard or Manchester and are missing some mail? Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies may have found your AWOL missives inside a vehicle overnight at the Manchester boat ramp.

When deputies responded early Wednesday to reports of someone breaking into mailboxes in South Kitsap, they converged onto a suspicious vehicle parked at the boat ramp in Manchester. It didn’t take long for deputies to figure out they had discovered the fate of the missing mail — and uncovered the possible culprit, who was found standing on top of heaps of mail with her knees up to her chest in the vehicle.

Deputies arrested the 27-year-old Silverdale woman, who was handcuffed along with her companion in the vehicle, a 28-year-old Bremerton man. Hundreds of pieces of mail and packages were recovered from the vehicle by sheriff’s deputies. Missing mail and packages weren’t the only items found inside the car; deputies seized a firearm, suspected stolen electronics and narcotics, according to a report by the law enforcement agency.

The sheriff’s office said it continues to see a spike in mail thefts from around Kitsap County, even with the holiday season just ending. Officials are urging residents to check their mailbox every day, and if not home when packages are usually delivered, to consider having them sent to their workplace, a third-party mail facility or a remote package locker.

A 27-year-old Silverdale woman has been arrested on charges of mail theft after being detained early Wednesday at the Manchester boat launch. Her vehicle was filled with mail reportedly stolen from 40 South Kitsap mailboxes. A male companion inside the vehicle also was arrested. (Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office photo)

A 27-year-old Silverdale woman has been arrested on charges of mail theft after being detained early Wednesday at the Manchester boat launch. Her vehicle was filled with mail reportedly stolen from 40 South Kitsap mailboxes. A male companion inside the vehicle also was arrested. (Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office photo)

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