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Police: Draper man stole mail from more than 1,000 people

DRAPER — Police have arrested a Draper man suspected of stealing mail from hundreds of people throughout Salt Lake County.

Kevin Humphreys, 35, was arrested at his home Tuesday where officers found piles of mail belonging to "at least 1,000 victims," Draper Police Sgt. Chad Carpenter said. Investigators were still sorting through the pilfered post Wednesday.

"Pull up to a mailbox, reach in and grab the mail, and then leave. It happens that fast," said Carpenter, snapping his fingers. "Five seconds, 10 seconds max."

Humphreys has been the primary suspect in the recent uptick in mail theft throughout the area, especially after Unified police reported that they arrested him attempting to cash a forged check at a Check City location in Midvale.

This isn't the first time Humphreys has been suspected of mail theft. Draper police have arrested Humphreys in two similar incidents.

According to Utah state court records, Humphreys pleaded guilty in August to obtaining multiple identifying documents of another person, a third-degree felony. A Draper police officer stopped Humphreys in "a mail theft in progress," at which time Humphreys identified himself using someone else's name and date of birth, according to charging documents.

Two officers searched Humphrey's car and "located many pieces of mail from over 40 victims." Included in the stolen mail was a Social Security card from one person, Social Security information from another, and a Utah driver's license from a third, the charges state. Humphreys was sentenced to probation, but a warrant was issued for his arrest within a week of his release when he failed to meet with parole officials.

Humphreys was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday, where bail for multiple warrants totals $175,000.

Carpenter said officers will work with other agencies to identify the stolen mail and return it to victims.

Humphreys has an extensive criminal history in Utah dating back to 1999, including multiple felony convictions of theft, shoplifting, identity fraud, obtaining identifying documents of another person and possession of a controlled substance.


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