PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Two people have been arrested for attempting to cash stolen checks from the Pueblo West Post Office and the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office is in search of other victims.
Anyone who mailed an item that included a check from the Pueblo West Post Office, should contact their financial institution to find out if the transaction was made. If the transaction has not been made or was made but not to the original recipient, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250.
Amy Quini, 34, and Johnathan Edington, 35, were arrested at a North Side bank as they were trying to cash several of the stolen checks on Friday.
Deputies alongside the U.S. postal Inspection Service have been investigating mail theft from the post office since early January after receiving several reports of a woman trying to cash checks that appeared to have been altered. At least nine victims reported they had several pieces of mail they placed in a drop-box at the post office that never reached their destinations.
Several of the mailed items included checks that were found to have been cashed at Pueblo and Colorado Springs banks in the name of Amy Quini or “Hopeful Hand”. Quini told deputies “Helpful Hand” was a company she owned and operated out of her home in Pueblo West.
While investigating a report Friday of stolen checks being cashed at a Pueblo West bank, deputies and postal inspectors tracked the transaction to the two suspects. The suspects were located at a North Side bank, where the female was in the process of trying to cash some of the stolen checks. The suspects were taken into custody without incident. Deputies found Quini had several stolen checks and credit cards in her possessions. A search warrant was executed at the suspects’ Pueblo West home where additional stolen checks, ledgers and credit cards were found.
Quini was arrested for identity theft, forgery and theft. Edington was arrested for identity theft, forgery and theft. He also was arrested for two unrelated warrants. Both suspects were booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center.