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Theft of a Community Mailbox

Post Date:09/11/2019 5:24 PM
Theft of a Community Mailbox
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Eastvale
Written Date: September 11, 2019 Time: 10:05 a.m.
Incident Date: September 5, 2019 Time: 5:19 a.m.
Incident Location: Emmerdale Street and Kensington Court, Eastvale
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Ernie Esquibel
File Number(s): EV192480061

Details:

On Thursday, September 5, 2019, a deputy assigned to the Eastvale Police Department responded to Emmerdale Street and Kensington Court, in the City of Eastvale regarding a theft of a community mailbox. The suspects involved in this theft removed the entire community mailbox from the ground and fled the location. A citizen within the Eastvale community provided video surveillance, which captured images of the suspects and the vehicle used during the commission of this crime.

Investigators assigned to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station and deputies assigned to the Eastvale Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation. On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, a search warrant was written for a residence and a vehicle located in the 5800 block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale, also known as Swan Lake. Several pieces of stolen mail and other items linking the suspects to the theft were located during the service of this search warrant.

Nadia Gomez-Nunez David Avila

 

Nadia Gomez-Nunez, 41-years-old, and David Avila, 31-years-old, both residents of Eastvale, were ultimately arrested for grand theft, conspiracy, mail theft and other applicable charges.

There are times when homeowners are not aware their mail has been stolen. The Eastvale Police Department encourages homeowners to visit the United States Postal Service website at www.USPS.com and enroll in the United States Postal Service’s Informed Delivery. Informed Delivery is a free notification service that allows consumers to preview images of their mail scheduled for delivery, as well as manage packages that are expected to arrive. Informed Delivery also allows users to take action before important items reach their mailbox.

The United States Postal Inspection Service encourages residents to take the following steps to protect their mail:

  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.
  • Don’t send cash in the mail.
  • Ask your bank for “secure” checks that can’t be altered.
  • Tell your local post office when you will be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation, you are encouraged to contact Investigator Medina at (951) 955-2600 at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

 

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