Gainesville man jailed on numerous new mail theft charges


A Gainesville man is back in jail this week, charged with 18 criminal counts in a Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO)investigation into stolen mail.
The investigation began on June 23, when deputies responded to the report of stolen mail in the 2600 block of Webb Girth Road.

According to the initial investigation, a resident spotted a man attempting to take mail out of his
(resident’s) mailbox. When confronted, the suspect sped off in the SUV he was driving. The resident then drove up the road and found several pieces of his neighbors’ mail on the side of the road.
On Thursday, July 6, investigators with the HCSO Special Investigations Unit located the suspect and his vehicle, a Chevrolet Equinox, at a residence in the 1000 block of Black Drive. They arrested Arturo Albarran-Aguirre, 29, who lives at the home, for the theft of approximately 10 pieces of mail from at least four addresses on Webb Girth Road.

He was charged with the following for the June 23 incident.
 Possession of stolen mail (felony)
 Theft by receiving stolen mail (misdemeanor) – 4 counts
During a search of Albarran-Aguirre’s person during arrest, deputies found numerous checks and bank cards, all with different names. Albarran-Aguirre was booked into the Hall County Jail on the initial charges and released on $6,500 bond July 8.
While investigating the items found during arrest, investigators determined they had been stolen from the mailboxes of at least 15 victims throughout East Hall County. They included checks, bank cards and a driver’s license, DNR card and check stub.

Investigators obtained additional arrest warrants for Albarran-Aguirre on July 10.
 Identity theft-fraud (felony) – 2
 Third-degree forgery (felony) – 4
 Financial transaction card theft (felony) – 5
 Fourth-degree forgery (misdemeanor) – 5
 Theft by receiving (misdemeanor) – 2
Albarran-Aguirre remained at large on the latest warrants until his arrest by Gainesville Police Officers on Monday afternoon, Sept. 25. Prior to his apprehension, Albarran-Aguirre was featured on HCSO’s Wanted Wednesday social media posts. He is being held without bond in the Hall County Jail on the latest charges.”