'VW Bandit,' three others arrested as part of white collar crime spree across Tulsa area

TULSA - After days of neighborhood anxiety and an ever-growing pile of video evidence, the man quickly becoming known as the "VW Bandit" has been booked in the Tulsa County Jail.

Kyle Hunter was arrested Wednesday, and while he did not admit to stealing the countless pieces of mail he is accused of, detectives say they feel confident -- based on surveillance video -- that the 25-year-old is responsible for the crimes.

But Tulsa police say Hunter was only one cog in a large, multi-faceted financial crime spree that made its way into Tulsa, Jenks, Broken Arrow and Glenpool.

Hunter's girlfriend Christy Burge, Rex Tuggle and Tuggle's girlfriend Andrea Ballard were also arrested.

According to Tulsa police detective John Sherrill, the foursome, all of which lived in Broken Arrow, subsisted off stolen driver's licenses, checks, credit cards, and gift cards. Many of those came not just from Hunter's alleged mail-thieving antics, but his practice of breaking into vehicles -- between 10 to 15 per day for up to nine months, according to Sherrill.

Hunter would then sell stolen IDs to Ballard and others, said Sherrill. Ballard and Tuggle also allegedly used fake IDs to open up P.O. boxes in Tulsa and send and receive counterfeit items.

Following their arrests, postal investigators searched the couples' homes, recovering more than 1,000 pieces of stolen mail and about 20 Christmas presents, according to postal inspector Albert Chapa.

Chapa said those letters and packages still listing an address will be re-delivered.

Chapa said Thursday that in addition to state charges each suspect already faces, federal charges should also soon be filed.

Hunter, Burge, Tuggle and Ballard are each being held on $2 million bond.

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