Three Women Tore Through Dallas, Keller and Southlake on a Drug-Fueled Mail-Theft Spree, Feds Say

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When a U.S. Postal Inspector interviewed Jessica Nicole Weatherread at the Keller Police Department on December 30, 2011, she made two things clear. One was that she didn't steal the 400 pieces of open mail and packages addressed to Southlake residents that police had found scattered throughout her rental car the day before.

"I don't know how the mail got in the car," she said, reminding her interrogator that she'd had two passengers and that she'd overheard the eyewitness who'd spotted them rifling through the mailboxes saying he wasn't sure who had actually been taking the mail.

The other point: "I love drugs; That's my life."

The federal indictment filed on Wednesday against Weatherred and her two passengers, Paula Elaine Smith Sumera and Susan Lynn Smith, doesn't specify what type of drug she preferred, but the documents do give a pretty good idea of how she financed her habit: She stole lots and lots of other people's mail.

The scheme wasn't particularly sophisticated. According to the feds, Weatherred, Sumera and Smith would simply drive around emptying strangers' mailboxes and snatching parcels from their front porch.

The credit cards they would use until they were maxed out or canceled, buying gas, renting motel rooms, going on Walmart shopping sprees, and, in one case, visiting Dallas' Lido Adult Theatre & Bookstore. During one four-day period, they managed to charge more than $11,000 to a new Citibank American Express card they'd found in Southlake. Blank checks they would forge. Signed checks they would wash and make out to themselves.

Federal prosecutors didn't immediately file charges following the December 2011 arrest. Court documents don't indicate why, just that the investigation went cold for several months. Then, last November, Smith contacted postal inspectors and said she wanted to talk.

Smith told them she had just been released from prison and "wanted to take care of the December 2011 Southlake matter." She apologized for having refused to be interviewed at the time.

Smith proceeded to confess what authorities had already pieced together, that Smith and the others were using drugs and stealing mail. But she offered important details, explaining that they'd stolen mail in Amarillo, Dallas and Keller before hitting Southlake and that she'd stolen one package from a porch that contained a Crock-Pot.

Smith's interrogator remembered the Crock-Pot, only it wasn't a Crock-Pot. It was a Dutch oven, and it had been a Christmas present for the homeowner's daughter.

Prosecutors now had a confession from one of the culprits, but Sumera and Weatherred were unmoved by Smith's change of heart and continued their alleged mail-theft spree. This past February, police narrowly missed them after they checked in at a Courtyard Marriott in Mesquite using a stolen credit card. In July, a Gainesville man noticed that mysterious charges were showing up on his checking account. In August, they were back in Amarillo.

Sumera and Weatherred were arrested on October 1 in Farmers Branch. All three women face up to 15 years in prison.


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13 comments
shawn4848
shawn4848

she sounds HOT.......NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT.....another stupid druggie

vince13101
vince13101

Oh who cares, its Southlake.... The rich people out there can buy them a new life LOL LOL LOL

NewsDog
NewsDog

The big shock is yet to come. Stealing mail is a Federal crime, each piece of mail can be a separate charge. That means they face a Federal Judge who has mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. At least they won't have far to go, there's a Federal Womens correctional center just outside of Fort Worth. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

11 grand in four days? Now that's a bender.

Who wouldn't want to party with these chicks? 

mcdallas
mcdallas

"Every story about meth must include a reference to WalMart." - Truth

Unbeliever
Unbeliever


It sort of reads like they didn't get caught till they stole the mail in Southlake...

observist
observist topcommenter

Their capture marks the end of mail dominance.

animas
animas

Temporary insanity due to systemic bacon poisoning brought on by addiction to Friday's Cobb salad luncheons with her gal pals...

wcvemail
wcvemail

Two years later? And then only after a guilty conscience on the part of a perp? So much for federal diligence.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@wcvemail  

Hey we have to spend our resources on catching grandma terrorists trying to board aircraft.

Besides, the victims had insurance didn't they?

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

@wcvemail Federal diligence?  Have you been reading up on the current events in Washington DC lately?

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