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Deputies: Two women arrested in connection with Aloha mail thefts

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Two women were arrested Saturday accused of stealing mail from multiple homes in Aloha, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Just before 10 a.m. Saturday, a man reported seeing two people in a Ford Windstar van stealing mail in the 16100 block of Southwest Brindle Hills Drive.  

On Sunday morning, he told Fox 12 what happened. Malcom Burns says he was watching from his living room a person open his neighbor’s mailbox. Burns, who initially believed the person was a man, said at first he thought it was his neighbor’s son, but soon realized it wasn’t. 

“He opened the box, reached in and pulled the mail out and he started walking down and so we came out and yelled at him," Burns said.

He says the person then took off towards a white van down the street, as they tried to run he says the person was shoving mail in their pockets and eventually threw some of it on the ground.

"I got the license plate number on it and then he reached into the van like this and I thought, ‘Oh crap, he's got a gun,” Burns said.

The person then got into the car and it drove off.

Burns was able to tell deputies the van’s plate number.

While deputies were en route to another call, they found the suspected Ford Windstar on Southwest TV Highway and 174th Avenue.

Deputies stopped the car and arrested the driver, 33-year-old Heather Lamoreaux and the passenger, 37-year-old Christina Espinoza. They found a loaded "Sig-Sauer P238" .380 caliber handgun in the driver side door.

Espinoza also had a knife concealed on her.

Deputies found stolen mail in the van addressed to 14 individual houses. Deputies also found four different Oregon ID cards and nine different credit cards.

Washington County deputies say the handgun and car were reported stolen on November 27. The victim’s credit card was one of the cards recovered by deputies Saturday.

Both women were taken to the Washington County Jail.

Lamoreaux was charged with two counts of mail theft, theft I, unlawful possession of a firearm and identity theft.

Espinoza was charged with two counts of mail theft, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, and a probation violation.

Investigators are still trying to find other victims in the case. Deputies say additional charges will likely be filed.

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