Authorities arrested two people in connection with mail thefts in Bell and Milam counties.

A Central Texas man and woman, whose names were not immediately released, were arrested at a Temple residence late Tuesday.

The two were charged in the cases in Bell County, U.S. Postal Inspector Michael Sullivan said, and federal charges of mail theft and burglary of a post office were scheduled to be filed against them Thursday or today in Waco. Mail theft is a federal offense. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Temple Police Department and the Bell County Organized Crime Unit were involved when the suspects were arrested without incident about midnight Tuesday and they were taken to the Bell County Jail.

The arrests may have solved other cases, Sullivan said.

The two are believed to have been responsible for numerous burglaries throughout Central Texas spanning back to Christmas.

“We have been watching them for about a month,” Sullivan said, “and we were able to gain enough evidence to finally effect an arrest last night. They appeared to be operating on their own. Hopefully this solves many, many burglaries and break-ins of businesses in Central Texas. I think we have the thieves who were stealing the mail in Milam County.”

Items taken in the burglaries were recovered, Sullivan said.

Outside post office drop boxes in Rogers and Heidenheimer in Bell County and Milano, Buckholts, Rockdale and Cameron in Milam County were broken into Saturday night or Sunday morning when locks on the back doors of the drop boxes were cut and the back doors opened to give access to mail. The doors are used for postal employees to remove mail.

The boxes were rendered unusable for mail drop-off, but will be returned to service when a new lock system is installed, Cameron Postmaster Glenn Cole said.

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