PHOENIX -- Multiple criminal charges are facing three Valley residents who were allegedly seen stealing mail earlier this week.
Phoenix Police said officers were called to the area of 7500 N. 17th Drive on Monday afternoon after a witness claimed to have observed a woman stealing mail from her mailbox.
The witness said the woman got into a white vehicle that was driven by a man and left the scene.
A few moments later, a second witness called police to say they had watched a man steal mail from a mailbox and drive off in a white car.
The second witness told police they had followed the suspect, but lost the car in the area of North 15th Avenue and West Peoria Avenue.
Officers were eventually able to locate the vehicle at an apartment complex at 1737 West Desert Cove. The car was empty, but it was still running.
Police also found 30-year-old Jeffrey Pemberton, 34-year-old Sandra Neese, and 46-year-old Jerry Sebrasky near the apartment complex.
According to police, Neese was positively identified by witnesses as one of the suspects.
Authorities went on to obtain a search warrant for an apartment belonging to all three individuals, and reportedly found stolen mail and checks inside the residence.
Police also said they found counterfeit Arizona and California driver’s licenses, stolen credit cards, high quality scanners and printers with laminators, and property that had been taken during a burglary last Sunday.
Neese, Pemberton and Sebrasky were all arrested and booked into jail. They’re facing aggravated identity theft, forgery, and theft of mail related offenses.
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