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DCSO Deputies Investigate Stolen Mail Recovered From BLM Land Containing Election Ballots and Other Sensitive Mail
Bend, OR – Stolen Mail Recovered From BLM Land Contained Election Ballots and Other Sensitive Mail. DCSO Deputies Work With The County Clerk’s Office to Re-Issue Ballots. On October 28th, 2018, a Law Enforcement Ranger with the US Bureau of Land Management located stolen mail from over 70 addresses throughout Deschutes County. Rangers delivered the recovered mail to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and DCSO Deputies assumed the investigation. During unrelated investigations, additional mail was also recovered by DCSO Deputies from other remote locations around the county. While processing the recovered mail for evidence, Deputies discovered the stolen mail contained many election ballots for the upcoming November 6th election. In addition to the ballots, DCSO Deputies located property tax, utility, medical and bank statements in the recovered mail. It does not appear that the ballots are being targeted by the thieves, as all of the recovered ballots remained sealed. Today, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office worked in collaboration with the Deschutes County Clerk’s Office to reissue election ballots. The remaining mail has been delivered to the US Postal Inspection Service for re-delivery. Please contact the Deschutes County Clerk’s Office if you have not yet received your ballot in the mail or suspect it may have been stolen. The Clerk’s Office can be contacted at 541-388-6547. DCSO Deputies also suggest contacting senders of any checks, payments or other valuables if they have not been received as scheduled. To prevent mail theft in the future, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office recommends picking up your mail promptly after delivery, not leaving the mail in your mailbox overnight, arrange for credit cards or other valuables to be picked up at the post office, and have the post office hold your mail when traveling. Most importantly, be aware of and report suspicious activity around mail receptacles. If concerned about identity theft, data breaches, or someone gaining access to your credit report without your permission, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office suggests considering placing a credit freeze on or closely monitoring your individual credit reports. Additional information about this process and other security options can be found at www.consumer.ftc.gov . CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or SheriffPIO@deschutes.org Reference DCSO Case #18-334783 The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.