MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Sammamish Police remind residents to check mail after recent thefts

Oct 16, 2020, 6:15 PM

mail, ballots, Sammamish...

Mailboxes. (MyNorthwest photo)

(MyNorthwest photo)

If you live in the Sammamish-Issaquah area, be sure to go check your mail today.

Sammamish Police are warning people to be diligent about checking their mailboxes after bags of mail — including ballots — were stolen from local mailboxes.

Police found two garbage bags of mail dumped at opposite ends of the city — in Sahalee to the north and off Lake Sammamish Parkway to the south. The mail inside them included ballots, which were sent out in King County this week.

Police and postal workers are now in the process of re-delivering that mail to its rightful owners.

WA Secretary of State Wyman: Trump comments about mail-in voting ‘undermine confidence’

Postal workers in Redmond also found about 30 Sammamish ballots and six Issaquah ballots — unaccompanied by other mail — in a bank of locked mailboxes.

The ballots in both scenarios were all unopened, and police say the reason for the theft is unknown.

However, Sammamish Police Chief Dan Pingrey does not believe this was a politically-motivated crime — he noted that mail theft is very common in Sammamish and Issaquah.

“We do have, throughout the entire Eastside, a lot of mail theft, because people take advantage of that to do fraud, forgery, identification theft, et cetera,” he said. “It’s constant. And obviously, when it occurs now, they’re also getting ballots.”

He said it’s also typical to find bags of dumped mail that thieves consider to not be valuable.

“We will find bags of mail because they’ll get in and take what they can take advantage of — whether it’s money, checks, credit cards or some pieces of identification that might help them create a false identity … the ballots were just left behind with the other potentially garbage mail that does no good to whoever is taking it,” he said.

If you live in King County and don’t get your ballot by Monday, Pingrey recommends you contact the King County Elections Office for a replacement.

If your ballot was stolen, there is no need to fret — the Secretary of State’s Office previously told KIRO Radio that the system only counts one ballot from each registered voter, and that the signature on the envelope must match the voter’s signature. Highly-trained signature verification teams in county offices examine those signatures.

Sammamish Police also remind people to get locking mailboxes to prevent this kind of theft. It’s important to be on the lookout for package theft, especially going into the holiday season, which is a major time for this kind of theft in Sammamish.

MyNorthwest News

Image: The broken steering column of a car recently stolen by a group of teenagers and a 12-year-ol...

James Lynch

Teenagers, 12-year-old charged with violent crime spree in Seattle

King County prosecutors announced charges against three teenagers and a 12-year-old child for a crime spree earlier this month in Seattle.

2 hours ago

Image: The Auburn Police Department and Kings County Sheriffs Deputies responded to an incident in ...

Steve Coogan

Suspect dead in Auburn after eviction order leads to officer involved shooting

The King County Sheriff's Office confirmed its deputies were involved in an officer involved shooting Friday morning in Auburn.

6 hours ago

Image: Traffic on Interstate 5 passes through downtown on Nov. 28, 2013, in Seattle. Seattle, locat...

Steve Coogan

If you haven’t already left for the holiday weekend, you’re in trouble

AAA notes that traveling by car is appealing for many during a holiday weekend because of the flexibility it provides. But it brings traffic.

6 hours ago

spd chief leave...

Frank Sumrall

SPD’s assistant chief placed on administrative leave

The Assistant Chief of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) has been placed on administrative leave, according to Police Chief Adrian Diaz.

12 hours ago

constitutional unlawful detainer...

Matt Markovich

How does Washington fix its eviction case backlog? A constitutional change is needed

King County is struggling with this workload due to a constitutional requirement that unlawful detainer cases must be heard by a constitutional commissioner.

14 hours ago

king county gangs...

James Lynch

Are big time gangs operating in King County?

After a string of shootings, King County prosecutors believe the region is suffering from a gang problem, but it's more complicated than it seems.

15 hours ago

Sammamish Police remind residents to check mail after recent thefts