Major arrest in Pikes Peak region for mail theft and 'stink bombing'

Substance believed to be used at Woodland Park Post Office and Richard Hammontree. Photos courtesy Teller County Sheriff's Office

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A man has been arrested for multiple accounts of mail theft in the Pikes Peak region and for allegedly "stink bombing" the Woodland Park Post Office.

U.S. Postal Inspectors alongside the Woodland Park Police Department and the Teller County Sheriff's Office took Robert Hammontree into custody on Friday. Hammontree is suspected of stealing packages and U.S. mail from residential mailboxes approximately three to five times a week over the course of a year.

The thefts included Amazon deliveries, Christmas gifts, gift cards, and cash. The areas known to have been affected include south, west and north Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Cascade, Green Mountain Falls, Chipita Park, Woodland Park, and eastern Teller County.

Hammontree is also a suspect in the "stink bombing" of a U.S. Post Office in Woodland Park earlier this month. He has an extensive criminal theft history in Texas and Colorado.

Hammontree is facing charges of theft, obstructing government operations and use of a noxious substance.

USPIS has established a local hotline to report financial fraud due to mail theft: 303-313-5311. This line allows Postal Inspectors and local law enforcement to immediately address financial and identity theft matters. All non-criminal mail delivery issues should be directed to the USPS Customer Service hotline, 1-800-ASK-USPS.