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A third suspect has been arrested in mail thefts that affected 60 victims across four counties.

Destiny Dawn Bentley, 23, of Granite Falls, was charged with felony larceny chose in action, felony forgery of instrument, felony uttering forged instrument and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods/property, according to a release from the Burke County Sheriff's Office. 

Bentley was the third suspect police were searching for in mail thefts occurring from late September to early October in Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and McDowell counties, the release said.

Sarah Marie Worth, 27, of Hickory, was another suspect wanted in the thefts. She was charged Monday afternoon with felony larceny of property; receiving or possessing stolen goods; felony obtaining property by false pretense; misdemeanor unauthorized use of motor vehicle; and two warrants from Caldwell County for failure to appear and felony probation violation, according to a previous release from BCSO.

Beige Elizabeth Brown, 31, of Valdese, was arrested by Valdese Police on Sunday and charged with three counts of felony larceny of chose in action, two counts of felony attempted obtaining property by false pretenses and a count of possession of drug paraphernalia after a clear glass smoking pipe was found in her jacket pocket, the release said.

Mail recovered from the thefts has been returned to U.S. Postal Service Postal Inspectors to reprocess and deliver to the addressees, the release said. Anyone who is aware of mail stolen from their mailbox is asked to file a report with their local law enforcement agency and contact their mail carrier or the U.S. Postal Service.

Worth is being held under an $11,000 secured bond and had a court date set for Wednesday, the release said. Brown was held under a $51,000 secured bond and had a court date Monday, and Worth was held under a $50,000 secured bond and had a court date Wednesday.

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