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Men Accused Of Stealing Mail Still On the Loose


UPDATED: Friday January 25, 2013 11:20 AM

Police said they caught two men with stolen mail on them from the Short North and German Village, but the suspects are back on the run.

Witness Gavin Armstrong spotted the two suspects going from home to home.

“One of the two gentlemen runs up to the house and starts rifling through the mailbox,” said Armstrong.

He gave them the benefit of the doubt until they went to another neighbor’s home. That’s when Armstrong called police.

“When the police stopped them, they were found with 20 pieces of mail from six different households,” said Bill Hedrick, Columbus City Attorney's Office.

Corey Johnson, 36, and David Pickett, 42, were both charged with six counts of theft.

"They, very well, could have been trying to get credit card numbers. There's identity theft. Taking these people's mail could have caused them a lot of problems,” added Hedrick.

Pickett pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, but violated his probation and disappeared. Johnson, who has a lengthy criminal history, did not show for his court appearance.

“These guys have warrants and I don't want them out in public right now stealing mail. I want them to come to court and face punishment for what they've done,” said Hedrick.

Armstrong agrees.

“It would be very good to see someone like this taken off the streets,” said Armstrong.

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