An early morning check of a white Chevy pickup in a convenience store parking lot led Kyle police to a massive stash of $300,000 in stolen checks, credit cards and mail from addresses across Central Texas, authorities said Monday.
Officials couldn’t provide an estimate of how many people were affected, but they said the mail appeared to be from homes and businesses in Austin, Buda, Cedar Creek, Dale, Maxwell, Kyle and San Marcos.
“Our officers and detectives are still in the process of sorting all this mail and reaching out to all these people,” said Kyle police Capt. Pedro Hernandez. “It’s very time-intensive because there’s so many pieces of mail to sort through.”
It all began when police were asked to check on the welfare of the apparently unconscious occupants of the truck — whom police identified as Joshua McGlasson, 30, and Melissa Moncada, 27 — who had parked at the Stripes store at 7809 Camino Real east of Kyle about 4 a.m. June 4.
McGlasson, the officers discovered, was wanted on a municipal court warrant. They asked him to step out of the truck and found a pipe with brown residue in his pocket. Moncada told officers there was crystal methamphetamine in the truck.
However, a search of the truck turned up much more, police said, including 3.6 grams of meth, $1,000 in cash and the cache of mail. Some was scattered and loose in the cab; some was in bags; some was in the back.
Officers also found at least $300,000 in checks and a dozen credit cards. One of the cards had already been used at a Lowe’s home improvement store, police said.
The couple were booked into the Hays County Jail on charges of possessing meth, fraudulent use of identification and possession of identifying information. Local authorities also notified the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which could bring federal charges for mail theft.
“We are forwarding our case to them,” Hernandez said.
A search of Hays County records shows that McGlasson had been charged in 2014 with driving with an invalid license.
Moncada has a criminal record in Hays County that goes as far back as August 2009, when she was charged with three counts of issuing bad checks. In addition to the charges announced Monday, Moncada faces charges of marijuana possession and tampering with government records, according to Hays County records.
In April, a federal judge sentenced 55-year-old David Akharume Afenkhena to more than five years in prison for stealing mail and personal information from hundreds of victims in Austin. Afenkhena had used a U.S. Postal Service “arrow key” to access mailboxes at several apartment complexes in and around Austin, the U.S. Department of Justice said. He would then use the stolen data to get credit cards, open bank accounts and file fake tax returns.