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Police find stash of stolen mail in Bremerton, Wash.

BREMERTON, Wash., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Police in Bremerton, Wash., said they were alerted by a property manager to a large stash of stolen mail that had been dumped in a field.

Police Chief Steve Strachan said officers found about 500 pieces of opened and discarded mail on the side of a rural road -- including Christmas cards, bank statements and other notices. So far, investigators have identified 194 victims from 127 different addresses, some including banks and stores, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Tuesday.

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Strachan said the parcels were being checked for fingerprints, tire track impressions have been collected at the scene and detectives are reviewing security footage at the banks in an attempt to identify suspects.

"Sometimes it's sort of minimized like it's not a big deal. It's a big deal," Stachan said. "Somebody's gotten into your mail, has taken your information, something that belonged to you."

He said the department intends eventually to deliver all the letters to their rightful owners once the case has been resolved.

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