Ocoee police make arrest after officers locate suspect vehicle involved in mail theft

Investigators shared video of the incident

By Jon Jankowski - Digital journalist, Clay LePard - Reporter

OCOEE, Fla. - The Ocoee Police Department said an officer located the suspect vehicle involved in a mail theft. 

Investigators shared video of the incident on Thursday, asking for tips.

Police said 28-year-old Stephanie Lankford was driving the vehicle in question.

The video shows someone in a white car open a mailbox and drive away. 

Later in the video, the victims can be seen looking for the car.

Officers said Lankford was arrested on a previous warrant.

Authorities said they found mail inside the Lankford’s car from Winter Park and Casselberry.

Susan Young was one of the two people targeted in the Ocoee.

“I have to get a new checking account, I just ordered new checks so I have to redo all of that, It's just been a big hassle,” Young said.

Lankford could face up to five years in federal prison and fines up to $250,000.

Lieutenant Mike Bryant said suspects will usually target mailboxes with the flag up.

“They go through the mailboxes and they're hoping to find either a credit card application where they can change the address and then they have a credit card in your name or they are hoping to find an outgoing check, they can change the pay to themselves, and then they cash the check,” Bryant said. 

This is a developing story. We will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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