Witness helps nab women for mail, ID theft

Heather Lamoreaux and Christina Espinoza face multiple charges

Heather Lamoreaux, left, Christina Espinoza, Dec. 10, 2016 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — Alert Washington County deputies arrested 2 women believed to be involved in mail and identity theft, authorities said.

A witness in Aloha called to report his neighbor’s mail being stolen just before 10 a.m. Saturday. He said 2 people were in a Ford Windstar van and provided the license plate number.

“He saw them at the mailbox and knew they didn’t belong there,” David Thompson with Washington County Sheriff’s Office told KOIN 6 News. “[He] kind of said, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ and then they took off. They actually dropped some of the mail as the person was running away.”

About a half-hour later, deputies spotted the van along SW Tualatin Valley Highway around 174th. During the traffic stop that followed, they discovered stolen mail from 14 houses, 4 different Oregon ID cards, 9 different credit cards and a stolen .380 caliber handgun.

Heather Lamoreaux, 33, and Christina Espinoza, 37, were arrested.

Lamoreaux faces 2 counts of mail theft and one count each of theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and identity theft. Espinoza is charged with 2 counts of mail theft, being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon and is being held on a probation violation.

More charges are likely as the investigation continues.

Investigators say, while mail fraud might seem like a thing of the past, it’s not. It’s especially important to protect yourself and your identity around the holidays.

“Get a locking mailbox… make sure you collect your mail everyday,” Thompson said. “Those locking mailboxes can be pried open, although we find it’s a good deterrent, it’s kind of like locking your car.”