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Four charged with felonies for alleged involvement in Bainbridge mail thefts
Four Kitsap County residents have been charged in connection with a string of mail thefts on Bainbridge Island.
The felony charges range from identity theft to possession of stolen mail to first-degree trafficking in stolen property.
Alina Marie Null, a 27-year-old from Port Orchard, was charged Monday, Jan. 13 in Kitsap County District Court with second-degree identity theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.
According to court documents, Bainbridge police started investigating Null during a rash of mailbox thefts on Bainbridge Island in November and December that left a string of more than 75 victims.
One of the victims told police he realized a debit card had been stolen from his mailbox after his bank notified him of fraudulent charges to his account in mid-November.
Hundreds of dollars in purchases were made on the debit card Nov. 13, starting at the Walmart in Port Orchard.
The stolen card was also used the same day at the Albertson's in Port Orchard, the Lucky One grocery in Port Orchard, the Family Pancake House in Port Orchard, and at Safeway stores in Silverdale and Port Orchard.
On the next day, Nov. 14, the card was again used at the Family Pancake House in Port Orchard.
Authorities said surveillance video from Walmart and Albertson's depicted Null using the stolen debit card to make purchases and withdraw funds from the victim's account. The owner of the Lucky One grocery also identified Null as the person who used the stolen debit card, according to court papers.
Authorities also noted that Null was wearing the red sweatshirt in all of the instances, and the shirt matched one that Null was wearing when she posted a photo of herself on Facebook.
Police also said they found a bag of stolen mail near Skogen Lane on Bainbridge Island on Dec. 28, and found an empty American Eagle gift card holder, and noted that Null had sold an American Eagle gift card to a pawn shop in Port Orchard on Dec. 31.
Authorities said Null's boyfriend, Royden Phillips, told police the cards were stolen and likely came from mail thefts, which he allegedly called "mail boxing." Police said Phillips had been captured on surveillance video with Null at the Port Orchard Walmart.
Phillips, 38, of Port Orchard, was charged Monday with first-degree trafficking in stolen property in connection with the stolen American Eagle gift card.
According to court documents, a Bainbridge detective interviewed Phillips in Kitsap County Jail on Jan. 2 and asked him about the gift cards. Phillips allegedly told the officer that he had purchased the gift cards from drug dealers and that he gave some to his girlfriend and sold some to the same pawn store where Null allegedly sold her stolen gift cards.
Two others were also charged this week for their alleged involvement in the mail thefts.
Demien Leigh Osborn, 27, was charged with a felony count of possession of stolen mail Monday in Kitsap County District Court.
Police said Osborn and his girlfriend, Adrian L. Seaboy, 24, were living in the basement bedroom of the home of Osborn's mother in Silverdale, and officers obtained a search warrant and went to the couple's home on Saturday, Jan. 11.
Inside, police said they found a large quantity of stolen mail in the couple's bedroom and also in trash bags that were stacked outside the home. The stolen mail filled four to five garbage bags, authorities said, and was from several different locations in Poulsbo, Silverdale and Bremerton.
The dates on the mail ranged from late summer through the holiday season, and officers found many holiday and Christmas cards that had been sent to family members, "likely containing some type of gift card, money or check," according to a certificate of probable cause. "All of these envelopes were opened and any contents removed."
Officers also found four driver's licenses in other people's names, personal checks and vehicle registrations.
Seaboy was charged with one felony count of possession of stolen mail.
Possession of stolen mail carries a maximum five-year prison term and $10,000 fine upon conviction.
Seaboy was booked into Kitsap County Jail on Sunday, Jan. 12. Bail has been set at $50,000.
Phillips was arrested and booked into jail Tuesday, Dec. 31 and is being held on $25,000 for the felony trafficking charge. Bail was also set at $25,000 for a prior contempt of court charge.
First-degree trafficking carries a maximum 10-year prison term and $20,000 fine upon conviction.
Null was arrested and booked into Kitsap County Jail on Saturday, Jan. 11. Bail has been set at $25,000.
Identity theft carries a maximum five-year prison term and $10,000 fine upon conviction.
Osborn was booked into jail Sunday, Jan. 12 and bail was set at $50,000.