Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 496 PC [Possess Stolen Property], 11378 H&S [Possess Methamphetamine for sale], 11364 H&S [Possess Drug Paraphernalia]
Report Number:
2014-2608    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
496 PC [Possess Stolen Property], 11378 H&S [Possess Methamphetamine for sale], 11364 H&S [Possess Drug Paraphernalia]
Location:
8600 Block of East Road, Redwood Valley, Ca
When: Date: 1-29-2014 Time: 12:00 PM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: People of the State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Kristalee Eriksten 27 Redwood Valley, Ca
         
Written by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney
Synopsis: Over the past several months there have been a series of thefts of mail from rural mail boxes in the Ukiah, Redwood Valley, and Willits areas. Numerous victims have reported mail thefts to various jurisdictions including the US Postal Service, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, and the Ukiah Police Department.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies identified a possible suspect in these thefts as Kristalee Eriksen, a Redwood Valley resident. Deputies attempted to contact Erkisen several times without success. On 1-29-2014, shortly before 12:00 PM, deputies received an anonymous report that Eriksen was at her home on East Road in Redwood Valley. Deputies responded to that location where they contacted and arrested Eriksen on several outstanding warrants. The warrants charged Eriksen with felony burglary as well as misdemeanor charges related to failure to pay a fine related to a battery charge.

While at the location deputies also located 3 grams of methamphetamine with digital scales, drug paraphernalia, and a large bin full of opened and unopened mail that did not belong to Eriksen. At total of 47 potential mail theft victims were identified with 19 different addresses in Willits, Redwood Valley and Ukiah.

Eriksen was also arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail and is being held on $80,000.00 bail.

The case is still being investigated as all of the possible mail theft victims have not been contacted. These types of thefts often involve attempts of identity theft to obtain or access credit or bank account information. The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office would like to encouraged the public to be diligent and monitor their personal bank accounts, credit history, and credit card accounts as they may not know they were the victim of mail theft.
Approved By: Lieutenant Shannon Barney