A woman who some praise as a dog whisperer in Fairfax County, Virginia, has been accused of stealing packages from mailboxes she passes while walking dogs.
Alicia Wolman, 28, was arrested on larceny charges, police said. Wolman runs a dog walking and training company called Sublime Canine.
An alert resident on Dominy Circle in Oakton said he looked out of his window the afternoon of Wednesday, March 1 and saw a woman stop her SUV, take a package and drive off.
"I saw the window of a vehicle I have never seen before pull up and a young lady got out and I didn't think much of it, but then she grabbed a package off the top of my neighbor's mailbox and tossed it in the back of her car very nonchalantly and it just seemed odd to me that if she was picking up the mail for somebody she would've gone inside the mailbox too," John Kloman said.
Kloman got a look at the driver's vanity license plate, which read "DGBOSS," and called police.
Police tracked the license plate back to Wolman's parent's home in Vienna. According to a search warrant affidavit, police could see packages and mail inside Wolman's SUV with names other than Wolman's. One package was the one missing from the mailbox on Dominy Circle, according to the documents.
Police also tracked an envelope back to it's owner and learned the man had mailed three checks for bills that never arrived to their destination.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is also investigating a complaint that Wolman stole a $1,500 check & changed the name on it to her own.
Records show Wolman has faced numerous charges in the past, including having an unlicensed dog, larceny and drug possession charges.
Wolman told News4 she has never taken anything from her dog-walking clients and said the charges are embarrassing. She said she is being treated for a mental health disorder and hopes to show in court that she did not steal any of the packages.
Residents who believe they may be a victim of mail theft can file a report on the U.S. Postal Inspection Service website.