Two mail thieves apprehended

Two mail theft suspects were apprehended in Buncombe County on Friday, July 20.
Edward Cooper McDuffie Jr., 39, of 214 Fairfax Drive in Ellenboro, and Stephanie Renee Rice, 28, of 111 Westwood Ave. in Swannanoa, were each wanted on 28 counts of possession of stolen goods, 24 counts of larceny, three counts of larceny of a chose in action, two counts of financial card theft, one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives say the two are responsible for a months-long mail theft spree across McDowell County.

Authorities put information out to the public about the suspects Thursday. Late Friday morning, while checking possible locations the pair might be at in Buncombe, officers there spotted the two.

They are currently in the McDowell County jail.