Suspects Arrested In Mail Theft

Photo courtesy: Dickie Simmons

Staff Reports


Eastvale – Last week deputies announced that the Norco Sheriff’s office arrested four suspects for mail theft from homes in the City of Eastvale. Several more suspects were arrested, three from Corona, by the US Postal Service.

According to a press release, on March 28 around 2 am, Norco deputies located an unoccupied stolen vehicle in the 1600 block of Hamner Ave., Norco. While conducting further investigation, deputies located and detained four suspects at the scene. During a subsequent probation compliance search of their belongings, deputies located several hundred pieces of stolen mail, checks and credit cards in their possession. The mail was determined to have been recently stolen from the cities of Norco, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Ontario. Several locations victimized include, but are not limited to:

7000 block of Freesia Ct., Eastvale

7000 block of Ginko Ct., Eastvale

13000 block of Blue Ribbon Ln., Eastvale

14000 block of Orangevale Ave., Eastvale

3900 block of Pontiac Ave., Jurupa Valley

2100 block of 5th St., Norco

3000 block of S. Clover Ln., Ontario

All four suspects were arrested and booked into jail at the Robert Presley Detention Center for numerous crimes including conspiracy, mail theft, identity theft, possession of stolen property and vandalism. The suspects have been identified as:

Anthony Joey Marquez, a 22-year-old resident of Rialto

Janeen Alejandra Gutierrez, a 24-year-old resident of Rialto

Alejandra Tapia-Jimenez, a 24-year-old resident of San Bernardino

Jovanni Benitez, a 22-year-old resident of Loma Linda

The three arrested from Corona are Bernie Martinez 23, Kammi Leigh Vestesen, 24, and Paul Wagner 28.

In the federal case, a father and son team from Adelanto were arrested for mail theft. They went so far as to jump onto a moving USPS vehicle in an attempt to rob it.

“The brazen acts of these defendants demonstrate the lengths to which mail thieves will go, including jumping onto moving vehicles and attempting to rob secure post offices,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “This case is the latest of several cases highlighting my office’s focus on criminals victimizing the Postal Service and its customers.”

If convicted of the conspiracy charge in the criminal complaint, the defendants each would face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.

One thing the USPS is doing to combat mail theft is a new program that will scan images of mail you are to receive. By April 14th, Informed Delivery will be available covering the majority of the United States.

The United Stated Postal Service now offers a service called “Informed Delivery.”  With Informed Delivery, the USPS is able to scan your mail each day and send images directly to you.

Get up to 10 mail piece images in your morning email, which can be viewed on any computer or a smart phone. Get more mail than that? Additional images are available for viewing on your online dashboard – in the same place you track your packages! Don’t worry if you are on travel; if you have email or online access, you can see much of the mail that will be delivered to your mailbox.

If you suspect your mail is stolen, you will know exactly what is missing when filing a police report.

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