Woman charged with mail thefts

Jeff Phillips Staff Writer

October 16, 2013

A Lawnvale woman has been arrested on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from mail thefts at the Loyall Post Office.

The arrest came following a joint investigation by the Loyall Police Department and U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Postal Inspector Misty N. Racimo.

Officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Tina Asher Cox, 44, on Morgan Drive, and arrested her on numerous charges, said Loyall Police Chief Mike Lunsford.

Lunsford said Cox was arrested just before midnight Tuesday on five counts of third-degree burglary, one count of third-degree attempted burglary, six counts of theft of mail matter, and six counts of third-degree criminal mischief.

Lunsford said thefts occurred on Sept. 9, Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Oct. 12 at the Loyall Post Office. Charges filed thus far concern only the October dates. Charges are pending for the September incidents, Lunsford said.

Federal charges are possible as well, he said.

Cox is cooperating with authorities, Lunsford said.

Lunsford said Cox broke into mail boxes and stole parcels and also broke into other patrons’ mailboxes to steal their mail. Various items were taken, including clothing, a pressure cooker, DVDs, a hand mixer, seasonings and dish drainers.

Officers recovered some of the items at the residence, including 25 pieces of mail, Lunsford said.

Lunsford said most of the incidents were caught on tape.

Cox was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center with no bond early Wednesday, said Lunsford.

Assisting with the search and arrest were Harlan Police Officer Derrick Noe and Loyall Police Officer Denny Jones.

The investigation is continuing.