Mail theft suspects lead police on chase in Haverford, Pennsylvania

HAVERFORD, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Three men are in custody after police said they stole nearly 500 pieces of mail in Haverford, Pennsylvania last week, leading officers to a pursuit.

The incident began with an officer on patrol in Haverford Township around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. The officer spotted a car and a person near the mail collection box at Block 1600 of Darby Road. The officer decided to stop the car.

“Because of all the mail theft, the officer has been keeping a very careful eye on it,” Haverford Township Police Chief John Viola said.

But when the officer opened the door, the driver drove away.

Video obtained by Action News shows the driver leading police in a chase through neighborhood streets, reaching speeds of up to 65 miles per hour, according to police.

After a few minutes of back and forth, the suspects start throwing letters out of the car and littering the street with stacks of envelopes.

The vehicle crashed and came to a stop on Karakung Drive.

The first two suspects fled on foot and were later apprehended by Lower Merion Police.

A third man was arrested at the scene of the accident.

Police say the suspects are 18-year-old Tyrese Isaiah English, 22-year-old Ahmet Hakeem Johnson and 19-year-old Aloysius Kicmett.

The charges for the three include theft, reckless endangerment and fleeing the police.

Police say nearly 500 pieces of mail were seized along with a pistol and two USPS containers.

Viola says this is not an isolated case.

“We’ve had over 300 cases in a year we’re investigating,” he said, adding that he believes the suspects likely had a key to that mailbox.

A number of shippers have been stopped for keys in recent months, including one in Philadelphia’s Kensington area earlier this month, according to the US Postal Inspection Service.

Police say thieves are usually hoping to find cash or checks.

“And then wash the checks with acetone and change the amount and then cash them at the bank,” Viola said.

A tip from the authorities for those who take care of the post: do not throw post into the blue collection bins after the last advertised collection time.

Emails left in the box overnight are more likely to be stolen.

You can also go to the post office and drop it off there.

The Postal Inspection Service says it is working with local police and the US Attorney’s Office to prosecute crimes like these at the federal level.

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