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Two charged with mail theft for raiding P.O. boxes

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As posted in a reward flier, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service looked to the community for help identifying the suspects who were caught on camera stealing mail.

Today, the duo appeared in federal court where they were charged with mail theft.   

Jon Michael Mapote Villena and Annalin Marie Perez Aldan were caught on camera stealing mail. Today, they appeared before a US magistrate judge where they were charged with a single count of mail theft.

According to court documents, the rash of P.O. box thefts started in June. That's when an estimated 30 P.O. boxes were broken into at the Tamuning Post Office.        

The thefts prompted postal inspectors to get involved and install cameras inside the Tamuning Post Office.

On July 2nd, an unidentified man and woman were caught on camera stealing mail from Tamuning P.O. boxes. That's when inspectors screen shot their image and posted reward fliers at post offices islandwide.

On July 20th, one victim of theft reported a stolen credit card from their P.O. box, providing inspectors with his bank statement, they were able to trace exactly where the suspects were using the stolen card, including Beyond the Box, Home Depot, Kmart, Ross, and Mobil gas stations.

Thanks to the reward posters, calls were coming in to inspectors identifying both Villena and Aldan as the culprits.

On Monday, inspectors along with officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration arrived at their Dededo home. There officials found some of the items purchased with the stolen credit card, including a MacBook Pro.

Villena, Aldan, and Aldan's boyfriend Jermaine Manley were all arrested but Manley was later released.

Both Villena and Aldan admitted to stealing from boxes in Tamuning, Hagatna, Barrigada and Dededo and making purchases with a stolen credit card. Both were booked and confined and appeared in federal court where they were formally charged.

KUAM News files show this wouldn't be Villena's first run-in with the law. In fact, it was back in December 2011 Villena was arrested for allegedly stealing his step grandmother's credit card and racking up $2,200 in charges made in the Philippines. He was caught on tape at an ATM and confessed to police. Her credit card was new and never used until he stole it from her dresser drawer.

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