Chicago Suburbs Mail Theft: Three Charged in Organized Crime Ring

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Palos Heights, IL – Three individuals have been charged in connection with a mail theft ring operating across Chicago’s suburbs, as announced by the Palos Heights Police Department Friday afternoon.

Kelly Roth, Ryan Scanlan, and Franklin Buttron face charges of Continuing Crimes Enterprise and Aggravated Identity Theft following an investigation into widespread mail and identity theft. According to the police, the suspects were allegedly involved in removing mail from mailboxes, forging checks, and using stolen cards for retail purchases.

Police reports say an investigation, which began in December 2023, led to the suspects’ arrests on January 30th and February 1st, 2024. Substantial amounts of stolen mail were recovered during the arrests, and numerous victims were identified. After initial releases, further evidence prompted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Special Prosecution Office to file charges on February 23, 2024. The suspects are expected to make their initial court appearances at the Bridgeview Courthouse.

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