Stolen mail recovered from river

By Stephanie Grinnell | Dec 29, 2016
Source: Waldo County Sheriff's Office Facebook page Monroe Fire Chief Kenneth Clements gathers discarded, stolen mail from the icy 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.


After police spotted discarded mail on ice surrounded by open water, Monroe Fire Chief Kenneth Clements jumped in to help. (Source: Waldo County Sheriff's Office Facebook page)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Patricia Keyes | Dec 31, 2016 10:02

Did they steal any OUTGOING mail? Things I've sent out in the last 6 weeks have not arrived at their destinations.


Posted by: Lynn Patten | Dec 30, 2016 12:05

Thank you to Law Enforcement that braved the freezing water to retrieve the mail thrown into the river; I am sure it means a lot to those whose mail was in those bags.  And shame on those who are guilty of throwing it there.  There are many who depend on the mail they receive whether it is a bill to pay, a check they receive, or even if it is a letter from a loved one far way, they depend and rely on their mail being delivered - shame, shame, shame on you!!

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Stephanie is editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. She previously served as editor of Camden Herald following its return in April 2012.

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