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Mail Theft Arrest

Lancaster, South Carolina April 26, 2017




            Matthew Leonard McCoy, age 41, of Kershaw, and Cierra Nicole Oxandaboure, age 29, with a Jefferson address that is in Lancaster County, were arrested Friday, April 21, 2017, and charged with several offenses including the theft of mail.  A little before 6:00 a. m. a deputy of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spotted the couple sitting in Oxandaboure’s 1997 Honda Accord beside and near the back of Dixie Bee Supply at 2764 Pageland Highway near its intersection with Old Gregory Road.  The headlights of the car were off but the interior dome light was on.  McCoy was behind the wheel of the car, and Oxandaboure was in the front passenger seat.  Her four-year-old daughter was in the back seat.  The tag did not match the car.  McCoy’s driver’s license was suspended.  Oxandaboure consented to a search of the car.  Two other deputies arrived.  Tablets suspected to be oxycodone acetaminophen were found in a backpack in the car.  Oxandaboure said the backpack was hers. 


            A further search of the backpack and the interior of the car resulted in the discovery of mail and packages addressed to other people.  Neither McCoy nor Oxandaboure could explain the presence of the mail in the car.  134 parcels and packages addressed to 49 people at 32 addresses were catalogued.  The addresses were on Rocky River Road, Taxahaw Road, Manley Hammond Road, Rev. Melvin Adams Road, Duckwood Road, Old Camden Monroe Highway, and Overbrook Road.  At least one package was documented as being delivered to the intended address within 24 hours of the deputies’ contact with McCoy and Oxandaboure.  The deputies were able to quickly contact some of the victims and verify their mail should have not been in the possession of McCoy and Oxandaboure.


            McCoy was written a ticket at the scene for Driving Under Suspension.  He was taken into custody.  Oxandaboure was written a ticket for Improper Display of Tag and was also taken into custody.  The child was turned over to a relative.  Additional warrants were served upon McCoy and Oxandaboure at the Lancaster County Detention Center.  McCoy was charged with Violation of the Habitual Traffic Offender Act, and Oxandaboure was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Each was also charged with 29 counts of Petit Larceny concerning the mail and packages.


            Subsequent investigation led to the execution of a search warrant at Oxandaboure’s home Tuesday afternoon.  Eight additional pieces of mail and packages intended for six people at six different addresses were seized.  Those items had been mailed to addresses on Deerwood Road, Blakeney Place, South Potter Road, and Hegler Lane.  Deputies and investigators also found one government check payable to someone other than McCoy or Oxandaboure and eight personal checks drawn on accounts not owned by McCoy or Oxandaboure.  These checks represent eight additional suspected victims.  The investigation is ongoing, and more charges against McCoy and Oxandaboure are being considered.


            The mail and packages were turned over to a postal inspector and will be redirected to the intended recipients.  All the addresses involved in this case are on the eastern side of Lancaster County.       


            “This investigation continues,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.  “Our deputies and investigators are contacting folks whose mail and checks were found.  Based upon postmark and check dates, we believe this has been going on for a couple of months.  I doubt we found all the mail that has been taken, and there are likely other victims.”


            Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.crimestopperssc.com.