Local stolen mail case affects dozens, leads to drug charges

Four of the five suspects face felony methamphetamine charges. (Courtesy: Schuyler and Adair County Sheriff's Offices)

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office has now discovered that dozens of northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa residents are victims of an identity theft, fraud and stolen mail case that has been under investigation since last October.

Sheriff Joe Wuebker told KTVO there are between 50 and 100 victims from here in the Heartland and from as far away as Oklahoma and California who have had checks, W-2s or other important documents stolen from their mailboxes.

Victims include individuals, businesses and organizations.

The fraud case has now been turned over to the FBI.

A search warrant related to this investigation led authorities to an active meth lab Tuesday at a home just outside Lancaster.

Five people are now in custody. Four of them face drug charges.

David Brown, 22, of Lancaster, Allen Brewster, 26, of Lancaster, Michael Brewster, 52, of Kirksville and Crystal Brewster, 34, of Kirksville are all charged with felony Possession of Methamphetamine.

Michael and Crystal are also charged with felony Delivery of Methamphetamine.

Dwayne Brewster, 30, of Lancaster faces a charge of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly.

More charges are pending against him.

Sheriff Wuebker said Dwayne is also now wanted on a Davis County, Iowa warrant related to the fraud case.

Authorities expect more arrests to be made in this case.

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