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Two arrested for recent post office burglaries


United State's Postal Service investigators have arrested two people believed to be responsible for the string of drop box burglaries.

Friday, 28-year-old Kathryn Elizabeth and 39-year-old Charles Preston Hattenbach were taken into federal custody for the multiple break-ins. 

The couple was actually stopped by police months ago. Dallas police pulled them over on a routine traffic stop in January. According to the affidavit, police recovered 400 pieces of mail, crowbars and face masks. They processed them and then let them go.

USPS investigators and a Bell County Organized Crime Unit arrested Kathryn Hubert and Charles Hattenbach at their home in Temple on Tuesday, March 11. The duo is accused of breaking into more than 50 blue drop boxes, 30 individual post office boxes and into at least nine different post offices.

Three months ago we told you about the break-ins in Lampasas and we recently reported about five more in the Cameron area. Now investigators have recovered hundreds of stolen checks, money orders worth up to $500,000, the money order imprinters, and bags of mail linking them to the break-ins.

Authorities say the pair is responsible for breaking into 28 locations throughout the state, from as far north as Dallas, to as far south as Austin and many of the small, rural towns in between.

USPS inspectors had been tracking the pair for months and followed them back to their home. Hubbert and Hattenbach will be charged with theft of U.S. mail, government property and conspiracy. They are expected to make their first federal court appearance Tuesday, March 18.

Click here for the affidavit regarding this case

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