Just in time for Christmas packages and checks to arrive, authorities have apprehended a woman whom they believe was preying on this season’s holiday gift giving.
Arrested last Friday, Dec. 11, Brandie Adkins was found in possession of other people’s mail, spanning from Bandera, to Grey Forest, to Helotes, to Boerne, to Kendall and Waring Counties. According to Chief Deputy Matt King, Adkins, 33, was reported for erratic driving between Bandera and Pipe Creek when an off-duty deputy pulled her over.
In addition to piles of mail that did not belong to her, including that of a Bandera County constable, the deputy saw what he believed to be methamphetamines in her vehicle. She was arrested locally for possession of controlled substances; the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office, a branch of federal law enforcement, is investigating the mail theft.
King said Adkins was apparently stealing mail from rows of mailboxes on the streetside, and did not appear to be targeting any specific area.
“It was random. This time of year, there’s a lot of mail theft,” King said. “She told me she’d been doing it for quite a while.”
Adkins is facing both local and federal charges. She was released from custody on Monday, Dec. 14, on a $50,000 bond.