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Northern Utah man already charged in 5 cases arrested again in mail theft

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Cache County man already charged in multiple cases was arrested again Thursday for allegedly stealing mail from numerous residents in northern Utah and southern Idaho.

Travis Deconn Goodwin, 52, of Lewiston, was arrested for investigation of 10 counts of mail theft, unlawful possession of a bank card, possession of a forgery device, and two counts of theft.

Goodwin, who already had a warrant out for his arrest on a prior mail theft case, according to a police affidavit, was pulled over by a Cache County sheriff’s deputy.

“While conducting an inventory of the vehicle, multiple checks that were not written to Travis were located. It appeared that the checks were forged,” the affidavit states.

The deputy then called for extra detectives to continue the investigation.

“It should be noted that the Cache County Sheriff’s Office has taken recent reports of mail theft on the north end of the valley. Travis Goodwin was the main suspect in these incidents. A search warrant was executed on Travis’ vehicle where items from stolen checks, mail and gift cards were found in the vehicle,” the affidavit states.

Investigators then obtained a search warrant for the trailer Goodwin was living in.

“Inside the trailer was a black garbage can which was full of mail,” the affidavit states. The mail was from various locations in Cache County, Box Elder County, Preston, Idaho, and Franklin, Idaho. Also located were several Visa cards, checks, and empty boxes with shipping labels not addressed to Travis, police say.

“Travis had mail belonging to at least 35 individuals living in Cache County, Richmond and Lewiston,” according to the affidavit. A Kindle Fire tablet that was stolen from a mailbox was also recovered, according to police.

Deputies have requested Goodwin be held without bail, noting that he has been charged in several other cases this year.

On Jan. 13, five separate cases were filed against Goodwin, according to court records, totaling 37 counts that include multiple counts of mail theft, theft, unlawful acquisition of a bank card and burglary.