APD: Felon arrested after being found with "extremely large" amount of stolen mail

Photo courtesy of the Anderson Police Department

A man was arrested Friday after being found with an "extremely large" amount of stolen mail during a traffic stop in Anderson.

According to the Anderson Police Department, William Lee Ashley, 36, from Anderson, was pulled over by an Anderson Police officer for a vehicle code violation around 1:06 a.m. The officer was familiar with Ashley from prior drug related arrests.

Officials said K-9 Iro was used to do a narcotics search and alerted the officer to the odor of narcotics in Ashley's vehicle. A search of Ashley's vehicle revealed a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe in his pants.

Officials said a search of drivers area of the vehicle revealed illegal prescription medication, fraudulent checks, possibly stolen credit cards, a large canister of pepper spray, a functioning taser, a hypodermic syringe, and a box of 9mm ammunition.

Officials said Ashley is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing pepper spray, tasers, and ammunition.

A search of the truck bed revealed burglary tools, a US Postal Service mail box key, and US Postal Service lock, and a large amount of mail from residents in Shasta County.

Officials said due to the extremely large amount of mail, it's estimated Ashley was in possession of multiple pieces of mail from over 100 victims. The type of mail ranged from credit card statements, tax information, and general mail.

The addresses on the stolen mail were from Anderson, Redding, Happy Valley, and other parts of Shasta County. The Anderson Police Department said in the coming days/weeks, officers will be contacting potential victims as it relates to this case.

Ashley's vehicle was impounded and he was transported to the Shasta County Jail where he was booked for felon in possession of ammunition, felon in possession of a taser, felon in possession of pepper spray, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, identity theft, and possession of stolen property.

Officials said additional charges will likely be filed upon conclusion of the investigation.

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