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Mail-theft suspects linked to Jeffco burglaries

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By AJ Vicens

Two Bailey residents accused of stealing hundreds of pieces of mail from residential mailboxes in Evergreen, Morrison, Conifer and Pine have been linked to "several" Jeffco burglaries, according to a statement from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

Michael Pantera, 27, and Sophie Shafer, 18, were arrested on suspicion of felony theft Dec. 22 in the 27000 block of Richmond Hill Road with more than 375 pieces of stolen mail, gift cards, cash, and a batch of homemade cookies that had been sent through the mail.

After the pair were arrested, Jeffco investigators executed search warrants on one of the suspect's vehicles and a storage unit in Denver, recovering several items that were eventually matched to items that had been reported stolen from recent residential burglaries in the county.

The sheriff's investigators have recommended that District Attorney Scott Storey charge each with seven counts of second-degree burglary and seven counts of felony theft.

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