A Jackson man has been charged in connection with multiple mail and package thefts and was even recorded during one of the thefts, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Leonard C. Merriweather III was arrested Tuesday and arraigned on five counts of theft of property under $500 in Jackson City Court. The 34-year-old man remains in custody, in lieu of a $5,000 bond, at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-14-103, “a person commits theft of property if, with intent to deprive the owner of property, the person knowingly obtains or exercises control over the property without the owner's effective consent.”
Police said earlier this year, after several packages and mail thefts took place in north Jackson, Merriweather was identified as a suspect. Observing mail and packages that were delivered to residences in the area, Merriweather is accused of stealing them. In one incident, a home surveillance system recorded Merriweather in the process of a theft.
A warrant was issued for Merriweather’s arrest, but he was not caught until last week, police said. Then the theft of packages started up again last week and Merriweather was once again indentified as a suspect in several of the theft cases.
Police said investigators have found packages and mail in Merriweather’s possession and are trying to find out who the true owners of the items are. The U.S. Postal Service has also been contacted by investigators to find out if the USPS would like to prosecute the cases against Merriweather.
The investigation is ongoing, and JPD encourages anyone with information about this and any other crime to contact the department’s General Investigations Bureau at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-TIPS (8477) or online at jmcrimestoppers.org.