NORMAN, Okla. – Authorities say karma caught up with two alleged thieves and it’s all thanks to a 12-year-old boy.
Brayden Hensler, 12, noticed something suspicious while waiting for the school bus.
So, he decided to call his dad.
“He told me that they stopped at our mailbox and stopped at our neighbor’s mailbox and took the mail out of them,” said Joshua Hensler, Brayden’s father. “He described the car as a green Mustang with little black things on the window.”
Officers decided to investigate what the boy saw and stumbled into something much larger than a suspicious vehicle.
Authorities say they spotted the same green Mustang Brayden had described driving through the neighborhood.
Police say they may have been scouting the area for an easy paycheck.
When they noticed the police officers in the neighborhood, authorities say the alleged thieves tried to make a getaway.
Officials say the men began throwing piles of stolen mail out of their car window while trying to drive away.
After a short chase, the alleged thieves were taken into custody before they ever reached the end of the street.
Despite allegedly attempting to ditch the evidence, 20-year-old Dylan Fountain and 21-year-old Cody Martin were caught with enough stolen mail to put them behind bars.
The alleged suspects not only stole mail that had been delivered, but had also targeted outgoing mail that wasn’t picked up yet.
Authorities say catching thieves who steal mail is one of the hardest things to do, simply because most people don’t even realize their mail is missing.
However, there are a few things you can do to protect your identity.
Police say residents can put a lock on their mailbox to keep thieves out.
When it comes to outgoing mail, just take it to the post office.
Capt. Tom Easley, with the Norman Police Department, said, “You put up that red flag, it’s like a beacon saying ‘steal me.’”
If you do have to mail something from your house, just leave the red flag down.
After the alleged crime spree, the entire neighborhood on guard.
“Especially after talking to some of my other neighbors and they were saying that they’re missing mail from awhile and they haven’t had their disability checks that have come in. There’s bills that haven’t come in,” Hensler said. “And so it makes you wonder.”
Police say they also found counterfeit checks in the car.
The suspects are still in the Cleveland County Jail awaiting formal charges.