Police re-arrest mail theft suspect

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - For the second time in a week a 21 year old Moses Lake woman is back in jail accused of mail theft.

The Moses Lake Police Department arrested Brittany Strong Wednesday morning when she allegedly attempted to sell stolen items through a Facebook buy & sell page.

On November 15, MLPD officers arrested Strong for allegedly stealing hundreds of pieces of mail.

Tuesday officers received several tips from the public that Strong was trying to sell two antique gold watches.  Detectives said one of the pictures that Strong posted of the watch showed and engraving with the original owner's initials.  The detective was able to tie the watch to a burglary that took place in Moses Lake on May 1, 2017. The officer showed the posted pictures to the owner, who positively identified the watches as stolen.

The officer then initiated a text message conversation with Strong and set up a meeting to purchase the watches. When Strong arrived at a parking lot in the 900 block of N. Stratford Road shortly after midnight, she was arrested with one of the stolen watches in her hand. A passenger in the car, Timothy Riggins, 28, Othello, was arrested on a Department of Corrections warrant. Additionally, a firearm was observed on the passenger seat floorboard of the vehicle. Both Strong and Riggins are convicted felons, and both denied knowledge of the gun. A search warrant will be served on the vehicle to recover the firearm as well as any other evidence.

Strong was booked on charges of trafficking in stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. Riggins was arrested on charges of trafficking in stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of stolen property third degree, as well as the DOC warrant.