South Cle Elum woman in custody for stealing from post office, KCSO says

Cle Elum
Image credit: Kittitas County Sheriff, Facebook

CLE ELUM, Wash. — After three robberies, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Postal Inspectors have a suspect in custody for allegedly stealing packages from the South Cle Elum Post Office.

Cle Elum

Image credit: Kittitas County Sheriff, Facebook

According to KCSO, 29-year-old Amanda Woodcock of South Cle Elum was brought into custody after a search warrant was served at her residence on June 27. They obtained evidence to suggest she entered a secured area of the post office, allegedly taking mail and packages that didn’t belong to her three separate times on June 14, 21 and 26.

In response to the first robbery, the US Postal Inspection Service collaborated with Kittitas County’s deputies and postmaster to launch an investigation. After the next break-in on June 21, they placed a motion-sensitive camera in the area where these packages were stored.

READ: Illegal woodcutting operation near Cle Elum uncovered by KCSO deputy

Authorities say the camera captured footage of Woodcock rummaging through packages before noticing the device, removing it from its post and tossing it outside. Later on, deputies recovered the camera and observed the saved footage.

On Monday, Kittitas County deputies arrived at her residence to serve the search warrant. They say she answered the door wearing the same sweatshirt shown in the video footage captured at the post office. Inside her home, authorities located stolen property and more evidence linking her to the burglaries.

They say she was an active participant in social media discussions about the Post Office robberies, going as far as to report the crime on June 21 to Kittcom. She was arrested and booked into the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office on burglary, malicious mischief and theft charges.


READ: Othello teenager with ties to Toppenish wanted for as part of shooting investigation