Stefani Ruland, 40, was caught and arrested by Cody police in January as a result of cooperation between several agencies, including the Johnson and Sheridan county sheriff’s offices and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
Charging documents in the case say Ruland would “fish” for postal customers’ mail by lowering sticky mouse traps into U.S. Postal Service collection boxes or through mail slots. Ruland would then rifle through the envelopes snagged by the mouse traps, looking for checks she could alter and pass off as her own.
For example, after nabbing a Buffalo’s man’s $70.95 check bound for a rugmaker, she altered and used it to cover a $1,664.57 shopping spree at the Gillette Walmart.