MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Investigators arrested a suspected mail thief in Mesa after she was allegedly caught red-handed by an off-duty officer. Charlene Guill was arrested at her home near Southern Avenue and Sossaman Road last Monday.
Neighbors recalled the heavy police presence. “They said, 'This is SWAT and police. Step out of the house,”' said neighbor, Linda Thompson. “Every one of them had vests that said, 'mail inspector.'”
Court records say an off-duty Phoenix police officer spotted Guill “attempting to steal mail from a residential mailbox” on August 29, 2019. Documents say postal inspectors looked through Guill’s trash early November and found “multiple indications” of mail theft. Investigators later obtained a warrant to search Guill’s home where they found “personally identifying documents” that didn’t belong to anyone in the household.
Neighbors already take precautions using surveillance cameras and mailboxes that lock. “I bring security with me in the form of Smith and Wesson,” says neighbor Richard Lane.
No one at the suspect’s home wanted to talk about the arrest. Court records say Guill has a history of fraud and theft convictions and “admitted” to stealing mail in hopes of selling the information.
“It’s scary when it comes right down to it, and you don’t know how much theft is going on,” said Thompson.