By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
A woman found in possession of mail from 42 different addresses is now being held in the Marion County Correctional Facility on $825,000 bail.
Keizer Police Department (KPD) Officer Rod Bamford responded to a disturbance call about 12:15 a.m. in the 600 block of Wilshire Drive North on Sunday, Jan. 28. The caller reported a woman in a white hoodie and jeans was walking through the neighborhood and throwing packages into yards. The caller had retrieved one of the packages and found it addressed to someone on Willamette Drive North, which runs perpendicular to Wilshire.
Bamford responded to the site and discovered several open mailboxes and the suspect was found walking south on River Road North just beyond the fork dividing River Road and Broadway Street. She was carrying a large, soft cooler that appeared to be stuffed with additional mail.
After the woman was detained and arrested, officers searched the cooler and found mail from 42 addresses in south Keizer and north Salem. Included in the collection were tax documents such as W-2s and bank statements for 38 different people.
Marcie Ann Harris was arrested and charged with 42 counts of mail theft, 38 counts of identity theft and one count of aggravated identity theft. Theft of mail is a federal crime and carries heavy penalties.
Deputy Chief Jeff Kuhns, of KPD, said officers contacted as many victims of the thefts as they could the following day and made arrangements to return the stolen mail.
In addition to the charges for the most recent incidents, Harris had a warrant out for her arrest for failing to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court on previous charges of mail theft and aggravated identity theft.
Harris has court record dating back to at least 1995 with convictions for robbery, burglary, possession of controlled substances, theft by extortion and identity theft.