Mail thief using unusual method to steal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A mail thief went to extreme lengths to get her hands on Albuquerque mail.

Authorities say they had been getting reports of mail not reaching its destination from the post office on Eubank and Candelaria and the post office on Juan Tabo and Indian School. In all instances surveillance video caught a Honda CR-V at the scene.

Authorities tracked down the car’s owner, Joann Bell, and eventually caught her in the act. They say she was literally fishing for mail, using a piece of a vertical blind with a rat trap attached to it. She then fed it into the blue mailbox outside and got the mail.

Bell was arrested when authorities found her in her car asleep with the fishing device and several pieces of mail, some of which had already been opened. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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