Madera County sheriff’s deputies are warning residents of an ongoing problem with mail thefts following the arrests of several people for the alleged crime.
Lt. Bill Ward said Jocelynn Gray was arrested Aug. 2 near Hensley Lake on Road 400, near Road 603, after a vehicle stop. Deputies recovered mail allegedly stolen from several addresses. Gray was also booked on suspicion of possessing narcotics paraphernalia and for a felony warrant.
The arrest follows thefts of mail on July 16 in the 22000 block of Road 15 1/2, on July 18 in the 22000 block of Robertson Boulevard and the 7000 block of Avenue 18 1/2, and on July 22 in the 13000 block of Avenue 23 1/2.
On July 23 a caller reported a blue Honda driving near Avenue 19 and Road 21, with two people seen throwing mail out the window. Deputies found the car parked in that area and two people sleeping in the vehicle. Mail was found both in the card and outside on the ground.
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Arrested were Salvador Viera Jr., 32, of Chowchilla, and Monica Sanchez, 33, of Chowchilla.
Mail had been allegedly stolen from 25 victims as well as the Marine Corps, said Ward.
Theft of mail can lead to identity theft and other types of fraud. Ward said residents should consider taking outgoing mail to the post office or handing it to a letter carrier, and avoid letting incoming mail remain in a mailbox overnight.