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Maryland couple faces criminal charges for alleged theft

A Maryland pair has been arrested in the wake of yet another mail box theft in the local area. The couple, a 27-year-old man from Upper Marlboro, and a 25-year-old woman from District Heights, were picked up last week by the Howard County Police.

According to reports, an Elkridge resident spotted the pair stealing mail from his box. He notified police of the suspects' license plate number who promptly nabbed the duo in their car. The arrest coincided with similar incidents around the area. No word yet on the pair's criminal defense strategy as it may relate to these other crimes.

Apparently, multiple people have engaged in similar thefts. These thieves look for mailboxes with their red flags up. They then steal the mail, and manipulate the checks they find to pay themselves. As a result, police have suggested people mail their bills at the post office or in a blue mailbox receptacle.

While police are hopeful, the recently arrested couple was the primary perpetrator, there is no way to know for sure. Being caught red-handed committing a crime does not mean you are guilty of similar crimes to which no suspects have been identified.

Nevertheless, this is a common strategy for prosecutors, to pin related crimes on recent arrestees. As a result, those charged with crimes are encouraged to consult a local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorney. These experts know the elements that the state must prove and use that information during plea negotiations to get charges dismissed and penalties reduced.

Source: ABC 2 News, "Howard County police arrest pair following latest mail theft," Dec. 5, 2013

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