PORT ANGELES — Two people who were wanted by postal inspectors have been taken into federal custody.
Christopher J. Smith, 41, and Travis Louise Reyes, 45, had been arrested and booked into the Clallam County jail for investigation of multiple counts of second-degree possession of stolen property, second-degree theft and second-degree identity theft stemming form a report of a stolen credit card at a campsite in Port Angeles on Sunday.
The two were released after a court date had been set.
Then it was discovered that postal inspectors were seeking them — Smith for investigation of five counts of burglary to a post office(s), and Reyes for investigation of second-degree ID theft and second-degree theft.
The Sheriff’s Office put out a request for anyone with knowledge of their whereabouts to let deputies know.
On Wednesday, the two were arrested and taken to the federal facility in Tacoma, the Sheriff’s Office said.
On Sunday, deputies investigated a report of a stolen credit card being used for a campsite transaction. The husband of the owner of the stolen credit card had traveled to the campground from out of town to investigate fraudulent charges on his wife’s credit card and was on scene when the deputy arrived, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The deputy detained both Reyes and Smith while they conducted an initial investigation that eventually showed the two Bremerton residents possessed two stolen credit cards and had conducted at least nine illegal retail transactions on the card, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy obtained a telephonic search warrant from a Clallam County Superior Court judge for both the twosome’s tent and rental vehicle.
A search found six grams of suspected methamphetamine, a stolen back license plate from a local vehicle, a box of stolen business checks, multiple documents showing unrelated persons’ names and account numbers, multiple credit cards that the deputy considered to be stolen, multiple sets of labeled keys, including master keys, some owned by the U.S. Postal Service, a stack of blank access cards, five laptop computers and various items that were verified purchased with a stolen credit card, the Sheriff’s Office said.