CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Two people are each facing 40 charges for allegedly stealing mail in Eaton County, according to the county prosecutor.

The charges stem from an ongoing investigation by the sheriff’s office into the theft of mail from dozens of addresses in Delta Township.

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Amber Sperbeck and Michael Craig are charged with 39 counts of mail theft and one count of Improper Possession of an Absentee Ballot, which is a five-year felony.

Sperbeck has one previous offense, which makes the charges a felony punishable by five years in prison. Craig’s misdemeanor mail theft charges are punishable by a year in jail.

Both have been arraigned. Eaton Prosecutor Douglas R. Lloyd said these types of thefts have increased recently.

“I encourage my fellow Eaton County citizens: please do not hesitate to report suspicious activity to law enforcement; your eye and ears can be the key to stopping criminal activity in our communities,” Lloyd said.