SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Police Department was called Saturday afternoon to the North Central neighborhood to investigate a female stealing mail from several residences.

Officials said officers responded Saturday to the area of 700 west Knox for a theft call. A citizen reported that she witnessed a female, later identified as Sarha Hollowell, 32, walking from mailbox to mailbox. Hallowell was reported to have been looking through all the mailboxes and taking mail from some of them. SPD officers in the area contacted Hollowell a block away as she tried to walk away.

During the investigation, officers learned that Hallowell had a warrant for a previous theft incident and she was taken into custody. Officials said during a search of Hallowell officers found methamphetamine along with mail from several different residences. Hallowell was also in possession of several checks that were written to her and all suspected of being forged, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The Spokane Police Department said, “This arrest ended a one person crime wave that victimized and affected numerous people. This is a great example of how an alert citizen can make a huge difference.”

Officials said this arrest would not have been possible without the witness calling in and staying on the phone to direct police to where Hollowell was at.