COOS BAY – ‘Tis the season for mail thefts again.

Coos Bay police answered a 911 call Monday, Dec. 4, that a young man was observed stealing mail on Ninth Avenue in Eastside, according to a Coos Bay Police Department press release.

Officers were given a description and investigated the area until they located suspect Derek L. Johnson, 20. But when they tried to contact him, he ran.

Within a few minutes, officers spotted him walking north on 10th Avenue. When they tried to approach him again, he attempted to flee but was ultimately taken into custody.

“It was discovered that Mr. Johnson had a felony warrant issued for his arrest out of Washington County for failure to appear on a meth possession charge,” stated a press release from the Coos Bay Police Department.

“Mr. Johnson denied any wrong doing,” the release stated. “However the complainant positively identified him as the man he had observed stealing mail.”

Not only that, but the stolen mail was also found in his possession.

“After Mr. Johnson was taken into custody, a resident contacted the officers and advised that she had observed him on her property, and has recently been experiencing several thefts from her property,” the release said.

Johnson was taken to the Coos County Jail and booked on charges of mail theft, interfering with an officer, escape 3, and resisting arrest.

“Police suspect that Mr. Johnson has stolen mail and other property in the Eastside Area of Coos Bay before the incident leading to his arrest, and believe he may continue after he is released from jail,” the release said. “The police are asking the public to keep a watchful eye out for any suspicious activity and to call the police if they observe suspicious people wandering around the neighborhood.”

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