TOPEKA (KSNT) — Thursday, authorities served a warrant in an investigation into a rash of mail thefts in the Topeka area that happened last week.
Late last week, there were a large number of mail thefts in the Topeka area. An investigation then was launched by the Topeka Police Department’s Community Policing Unit and area United States Postal Service Inspectors after the Safe Streets organization provided possible suspect information.
On March 3, the TPD unit and the USPS inspectors served a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of SW 16th Street. There was a child inside the residence who had been left unattended and who police took into protective custody.
Inside, officers found a USPS bin filled with more than 150 pieces of stolen mail and packages. Those mail items contained a total of $90,000 in checks and lifesaving medical supplies for a local resident’s child. Officers also found marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen license plate.
Nina Ranae Ortiz, a 35-year-old from Topeka, was arrested and taken to the Department of Corrections on possession of stolen property and possession of meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.