This week, a woman living in Lake County was taken into custody and charged with stealing mail from her neighbors.
Following her arrest, Gabriella Pollari, 44, of Long Grove, was charged with identity theft and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Near the intersection of Schaffer Road and Manassas Lane, Pollari was observed loitering about several mailboxes. At approximately 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, a local neighbor called 911 to report an odd car.
Deputies from the sheriff’s office responded to the scene but could not locate either the vehicle or the driver. At approximately 4:15 o’clock, they were contacted once more regarding the same strange car. The caller expressed concern about the recent mail thefts in the region.
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The caller gave the license plate information to the Sheriff’s Office, and deputies spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Bridgewater Lane and Gettysburg Road. There, they made a traffic stop on the car.
It was determined that Pollari was the one behind the wheel. An officer of the sheriff’s office noticed drug paraphernalia and illegal substances while talking to the vehicle’s driver.
Pollari was placed under custody, and her driving vehicle was searched.
A number of victims who reside in the vicinity had their mail and packages found in Pollari’s vehicle by a deputy of the sheriff’s department. This package contained incredibly sensitive information, including social security numbers, tax documents, checks, and other items.
According to the information provided by the Sheriff’s Office, additional charges could be brought.
The United States Postal Inspection Service has been notified and is also investigating the matter.
Those who live in this area and have not received their mail should contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Pollari is still being held in the Lake County Jail pending the outcome of an initial court hearing planned for Thursday.
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