GILBERT, AZ — A Gilbert resident placed a GPS tracker in a package to help police catch a mail thief.
Gilbert police report that on February 5, they were informed that a citizen had placed a GPS tracker in a box in his mailbox, and the box had been stolen. Police say the resident also set up a camera that documented the crime.
Police located the package in a vehicle near Power and Warner roads. The car belonged to Nikko Shakeem Robe Walton, 27. Also in the vehicle was additional stolen mail from other victims, according to court records.
Court documents show that Walton is the subject of several investigations by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for mail and identity theft. USPIS says they have contacted Walton three times in the past month regarding mail theft in Gilbert and Mesa.
Walton allegedly told inspectors that he is part of a large-scale operation that steals mail and produces IDs.
The U.S. Postal Service is in the process of contacting victims.
Walton has been charged with burglary. Court records show that Mesa police and USPIS will submit additional charges.