Suspects arrested in Dennis, Peaster post office burglaries

From left, Paul Ford and JR Munoz with Power Concepts, fixing the interior door of the Dennis Post Office, which was burglarized between Jan. 7-8 along with the Peaster Post Office. 

After the Dennis and Peaster post offices were burglarized sometime between Jan. 7-8, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has two suspects in custody.

“The one in Dennis was hit and so was the one in Peaster, and about two or three more in Palo Pinto County,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. “We’re working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and it appeared to be some kind of organized group, so several of them have been hit.”

U.S. Postal Inspector Paul Ecker said the suspects took a variety of things inside the post offices.

“It was just kind of a smattering of things — they were just looking for anything of immediate value — but it doesn’t look like they were stealing a lot of mail. They were just looking for anything that might contain cash or gift cards. It was just kind of an odd way these guys were operating,” Ecker said. “In Dennis and Peaster they actually broke into the post office, but the other locations that we are connecting to them, I think they just basically pried open the door of the parcel locker. So they burglarized those two post offices and attempted to steal parcels and/or mail from other locations as well.”

Ecker said they do have two people in custody, but could not release names due to the pending investigation.

“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service was informed of burglaries at the Peaster and Dennis post offices. It was determined that a burglary had occurred and [is] being investigated,” Ecker said. “Since that time, two suspects have been identified and they’re going to be presented for federal prosecution. We have them detained in custody right now, but this is still an ongoing investigation.”

Dennis resident Doug Hatcher said he would like to see some security measures implemented at the Dennis post office, but said he’s glad suspects have been arrested.

“They broke the door and vandalized the inside and I guess they were looking for packages because they broke into the [parcel] boxes,” Hatcher said. “I would just like to see some patrol, some kind of security camera and mainly some lighting because we live down there and it’s just unsafe — the parking lot isn’t lit. It feels wonderful that they were arrested, I wasn’t aware of that.”

Ecker said if residents feel that their mail was compromised, they can contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

“The inspection service is notifying those customers that are affected and we ask that anyone who believes their mail was compromised as a result of these burglaries to please contact us at 877-876-2455 or uspis.gov," Ecker said.

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