FERNDALE, Wash. — Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle seen stopping at multiple mailboxes in the 6100 block of N Star Road about 11:45pm on April 23rd.
According to an affidavit of probable cause prepared by the WCSO and submitted by the Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office in Whatcom County Superior Court, deputies responding to the call passed a gray 2001 Honda Accord driving the opposite direction on Aldergrove Road. They saw it turn north onto Olson Road and “quickly sped away.”
The deputies caught up with the Honda, stopping it on Brown Road. In the process, they observed pieces of mail on the road near the intersection of Brown Road and Olson Road. Deputies noted the mail was dry even though it was raining and the road was wet.
The deputies interviewed the driver who said he was driving from Birch Bay to Ferndale. They observed a new cell phone case on the front seat that matched a packet found on the road with the other mail.
Other deputies circulating in the area located other pieces of discarded mail and opened shipping envelopes. A total of 10 pieces of mail from 7 different addresses were found including a new credit card.
As a result of their investigation, the driver, identified as Tracy Paul Low, age 49, was arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of 2nd degree theft and possession of stolen mail. He was released from custody April 26th after making a preliminary court appearance and posting a $1,000 or $100 cash appearance bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court on May 14th.
Low has been convicted of 15 felony crimes in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish County Superior courts between 2000 and 2018. These crimes include possession of stolen property, forgery and Controlled Substance Act violations.