A south hill mechanic is being credited with busting
a suspected mail thief for stealing mail more months
from people on her route.
Wayne wold has one of the cleanest repair bays you've
The long time mechanic goes the extra mile for his
customers, even vacuuming out their cars when they're
in for an oil change and that's how he discovered
all that missing mail.
Manito automotive has been is business for 23 years.
It's a favorite with nearby residents who can drop
of their car for service and then walk back to their
It's also a convenient place for employees at the
nearby post office to get their cars worked on.
And so when the mail carrier brought in her personal
car, wayne wold made a startling discovery.
wayne wold/manito automotive 35;29 i vacuum every
car that comes in here and when i was vacuuming it
i was tripping over at least three hundred fifty,
four hundred pieces of mail.
Wold saw letters to addressed to some of his loyal
customers and even found some of his own undelivered
business mail in the back seat.
35;39 and when we were looking at some of them that
were being stepped on the dates on them were like
three months prior and you gotta figure that's just
wrong so i pretty much called down there and let them
know about it and it is what it is now 35;53
A subsequent search of the carrier's home turned up
even more mail, enough to fill two mini-vans.
Once it was marked as evidence in an ongoing federal
investigation, the letters were forwarded to their
elinor enz/ had mail stolen
41;01 well i didn't know until i got about four packages
from the post office with mail, old mail in it and
a letter that said something about it having been
The letter didn't mention the mail was being stolen
by a mail carrier.
But manito residents quickly recognized the suspect.
43;59 she seemed very frail and very elderly, she
didn't look like a strong person 44;05
43;21 it doesn't seem that she did open anything,
so in a way i can hardly blame her for chucking it
all in a corner 43;29
Miss enz says the undelivered mail didn't affect her
bill paying or credit rating but worries about other
customers who may have not gotten an important letter
from a loved one.
That's why she appreciates a mechanic looking out
for their neighborhood's best interest.
42;35 yes i am, in fact i need an oil change and i
think i'm going to take my car over there because
i understand the reason he found it is that because
he vacuumed out this lady's car after working on it
and that's a little unusual these days 42;50