Identity Theft Thwarted? Not Quite

There were 3.6 million victims of identity theft in 2004, meaning that roughly 3 percent of the entire U.S. populations were victims of the fast-growing crime, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Thus, many residents have become far more alert when it comes to their incoming and outgoing mail, which is one of the ways identity thieves get hold of personal information that can be used to access bank accounts and use credit cards.

So when a 47-year-old Indianola woman was sorting through trashed and recycled mail at the Kingston Post Office Friday, it raised eyebrows — and generated a call to 911.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the office and found the woman there at about 6:30 p.m., according to reports.

When they asked her what she was doing, she responded that she was simply a stamp collector, and was taking the mail home to soak the stamps off for her personal collection.

“She assured me she wasn’t taking the mail for criminal purposes,” the deputy said.

The deputy said he put the mail back in the recycling where the recipient “had intended it.”

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