Arrest Made In Christmas Card Mail Theft

A Snow Hill woman has been charged with stealing mail after a man found a stack of opened Christmas cards in his mailbox.

Crystal Brann is charged with two counts of larceny of mail and two counts of attempted larceny of mail.

Last month James Topping found the opened cards addressed to other people just days before Christmas. Topping took the cards to the post office.

Sheriff Lemmie Smith says witnesses saw the 38-year-old Brann going into someone's mailbox. She's out on a $2,000 bond and has a January 27th court date.

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  • by Jenny at Mail Boss Location: Seattle, WA on Feb 1, 2012 at 07:01 PM
    Mail theft is one of the easiest and most common ways thieves obtain your personal sensitive financial information for identity theft. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country. To protect yourself, use a high security locked mailbox like the Mail Boss to keep would-be identity thieves from stealing your sensitive information. Never send sensitive documents (checks, bill payments) from an unsecured mailbox. Instead bring them directly to the post office or use online bill pay - it's more secure. And of course, always shred or otherwise destroy sensitive documents (most of which come in the mailbox) before discarding them to thwart dumpster divers!
  • by wow WITN, way to screen comments on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    I don't see the logic in the way WITN screens their comments. I have posted several comments about this story and they pick and choose which ones they post.
  • by who really cares? Location: Idaho on Jan 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
    I was sucked into this media hype because someone posted this on facebook. First, it's a shame that we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty and cannot serve on a jury if we have media knowledge of this incident - yet the media exploits this public information. It should be illegal to report pictures and information about arrested people in the media for this very reason. It's also a further disgrace that our information can be instantly sent to social media and then transported to hundreds and then to thousands of people. We don't have any information but I also pass instant judgment and make decisions based on the woman's picture and the limited info I have about the situation. Imagine if this was you. How would you feel? What happened to "Do unto your neighbor as you would have done to you." Instead you all judge, just like I. We fall to the media hype. We're pawns in a game. We're better than that. Remember, we will be judged the same negative way as we judge her. Let's all stop.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM
  • by Michael Location: Vanceboro on Jan 24, 2012 at 03:25 AM § 1708. Theft or receipt of stolen mail matter generally Whoever steals, takes, or abstracts, or by fraud or deception obtains, or attempts so to obtain, from or out of any mail, post office, or station thereof, letter box, mail receptacle, or any mail route or other authorized depository for mail matter, or from a letter or mail carrier, any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or abstracts or removes from any such letter, package, bag, or mail, any article or thing contained therein, or secretes, embezzles, or destroys any such letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or any article or thing contained therein; or Whoever steals, takes, or abstracts, or by fraud or deception obtains any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or any article or thing contained therein which has been left for collection upon or adjacent to a collection box or other authorized depository of mail matter; or Whoever buys, receives, or conceals, or unlawfully has in his possession, any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or any article or thing contained therein, which has been so stolen, taken, embezzled, or abstracted, as herein described, knowing the same to have been stolen, taken, embezzled, or abstracted— Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
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      by ummmmm on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:19 AM in reply to Michael
      Could you repeat that please.
  • by disbeliever Location: Greenville on Jan 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM
    This sounds like an action a child would do, not a 38 year old woman. She will have her day in court and hopfully there is some justice left in this world. Innocent until proven guilty. No one really knows who, what or when. If she was seen, why didn't the person confront her at the time. Was she seen, a car similar to her's,who knows? Do you? Easy to past judgement any if circumstances aren't known. I pray she gets a "fair day in court" and maybe other suspects should be looked for.
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      by crystal brann on Jan 24, 2012 at 01:55 PM in reply to disbeliever
      t hanks for not judgeing me im a mother of two and no im not perfect but im not stupid either i wouldnt go n anyones mail i wish greene co would mind there on buss thats all anyone here knows what to do s gossip bout anyone they know nothing about
  • by SBK Location: ENC on Jan 23, 2012 at 08:17 PM
    Is this the right video for this story?
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jan 24, 2012 at 05:21 AM in reply to SBK
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      by WITN on Jan 24, 2012 at 07:59 AM in reply to SBK
      The video clip is correct now.
  • by 40some on Jan 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
    I guess the debate of the day is not about stolen mail. It's about being judgmental. Is it judgmental to call a theif a theif? No, it is simply calling a black pot black.
  • by passing judgment on Jan 23, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    this woman couldve shot up a daycare center and there would still be people up here saying 'dont pass judgment'. so for that, i say to those people 'no, YOU dont pass judgment' cause i dont think youre mentally capable of it.
  • by kb Location: snow hill on Jan 23, 2012 at 04:57 PM
    it aint federal trust me me an some other boys got caught up bustin mailboxes with bats an bottles it aint federal its a misd damage to property
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      by huh? on Jan 23, 2012 at 06:22 PM in reply to kb
      tampering with mail is a federal matter. someone tampered with mine, so i know.
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      by Duh...... on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:22 AM in reply to kb
      Busting a mailbox and stealing mail are two different things slim. Instead of playing lawyer..... get your facts straight.....and not from a night of 'bustin' mailboxes.
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        by Duh...I aggree on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:32 AM in reply to Duh......
        yes, two different charges. Stealing mail is federal.

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