Three suspects are now in custody after allegedly stealing a vehicle, packages and mail from neighborhoods in the metro, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, law enforcement received calls of the suspects stealing mail from mailboxes and packages from porches located in the area of 168th and Camden Street while driving a grey or dark blue SUV, according to a police report.
Clement R. Mitchell, 33, Rebecca L. Earlywine and Samantha E. Allen, both 29, led law enforcement into a car pursuit, but patrol cars later canceled and had unmarked vehicles follow the suspects as they made their into Iowa.
“They did a [u-turn] and went back on the exit ramp. The opposite – the wrong way, jumped the median down in Iowa and then started coming back on 680 back in to Omaha,” says Lt. Mark Gentile with Douglas County Sheriff.
Omaha Police also assisted by using stop-sticks to disable the suspect vehicle near 48th and I-680, Gentile says.
Deputies took the suspects in custody without further incident, according to law enforcement.
However, deputies did not recover the stolen packages.
"We didn't find the packages in the vehicle. We're looking for them,” Gentile says. “We assume that when they turned off they got rid of the packages somewhere along that way. So we're retracing their steps to see if we can find some of those packages.”
Instead, law enforcement found stolen mail with checks for people living in Bennington and Elkhorn, Gentile says.
If you suspect that your mail was stolen or packages removed from your porch contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 402-444-6000.