(Council Bluffs) Two Council Bluffs men were arrested on theft charges for stealing mail.
The Council Bluffs Police Department was alerted by a citizen today that a white Toyota Sedan was in their neighborhood and the occupants were stealing mail. A short time later, an officer observed a vehicle matching that description and made a traffic stop on the car at the intersection of Bluffs and Willow. The driver of the car, 45-year-old Eric Kriegler, of Council Bluffs, was arrested for several traffic violations. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle contained pieces of mail stolen from three different Council Bluffs residential neighborhoods. Kriegler was additionally charged with four counts of theft. A passenger in the vehicle, 30-year-old James Whitsel, of Council Bluffs, was also charged with four counts of theft.
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Council Bluffs Police Department is continuing to look into this case to see if any additional charges will be added. The U.S. Postal Service Inspector’s Office was also notified of this incident.
The Council Bluffs Police Department would like to express their gratitude to the watchful resident who called 911 when she noticed something unusual taking place in her neighborhood. They would like to remind citizens to always be alert and aware of what is taking place in your neighborhood, especially this holiday season. Putting outgoing mail in the secure USPS collection stations and having incoming packages shipped to a location where people are present, and expecting the delivery, are a couple of tips that can help citizens from being victimized.