Stolen mail recovered from river
Monroe — Police have recovered three bags of mail they suspect was stolen in recent weeks, according to Waldo County Sheriff's Office.
Cpl. Merl Reed has been conducting the investigation into the numerous incidents around the county and Dec. 28 he discovered a large amount of mail had been dumped over the side of the bridge on West Main Street in Monroe onto the ice below and was surrounded by open water.
Monroe Fire Chief Kenneth Clements donned cold water survival gear to retrieve the three bags full of mail. The mail recovered by Clements was not only from all over Waldo County but from a neighboring county as well, according to police.
Area departments last week recovered additional mail and charged 19-year-old Randy Elwell with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and other charges. A juvenile male was also charged in connection with the mail thefts.
Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office is involved in the mail theft investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will determine whether to pursue any federal charges.
Mail previously recovered spanned the Waldo County towns of Belfast, Northport, Searsmont, Swanville and the Knox County town of Union, according to previously published reports.
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