History - Fugitive Investigative Strike Teams
Fugitive Investigations - Creative Stings
One of the successful stings was a simple scam
called "Mr. Zip."
Playing the role as "Mr. Zip", a deputy knocks on a
door of a fugitive's house.
A Deputy Marshal from
the Western District of Virginia, devised
the plan to pose as a mailman when he
saw how freely mail carriers moved
throughout the neighborhood without
Dressed as a mailman, he would walk up to the door of the fugitive's
last known address, carrying a mailbag, a package, and a clipboard. He
was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying his gun concealed. On
the receipt for the package, the deputy had a written description of the
fugitive to double check the identification the person had to present to
claim the package.
When he was sure that the person was a wanted fugitive, he would tip his
hat to signal the team to move in.