Missing anything in the mail?
On Saturday, November 20, 2021, just before 12:45 in the afternoon, Apple Valley Police were sent to the area of Jicarilla Road and Yucca Loma Road for a report of a car following a mail truck.
The car was a gold Honda Accord with two subjects inside and they were stopping and going through mailboxes. Just after 1:00 pm, another call was received about the same subjects taking mail from mailboxes in the 12000 block of Navajo Road.
While conducting an area check, Apple Valley Police located the gold Honda Accord near Lone Eagle Road and Redwing Road. A traffic stop was conducted, and contact was made with the passenger Marques King, a convicted felon with an active felony warrant, and the driver Marilyn Sandoval.
So what did police find?
During a search of the vehicle, several debit cards, social security cards, identification cards, birth certificates, and unemployment paperwork, in various peoples' names, were located.
King and Sandoval were arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center for possession of personal identification of another of over ten people. Sandoval was released on her own recognizance. King is scheduled to appear in the Victorville Superior Court on November 23, 2021, and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. In addition to this charge, King was booked for the felony warrant.
Mail theft has come up before in the High Desert. Between December 1, 2020 and March 17, 2021 the Apple Valley Police Department had reports that there was approximately 17 reported cases of mail theft.
The United States Postal Inspection Service has tips for locals to protect themselves from potential mail theft:
Promptly pickup mail
Try not to leave letters and packages in your mailbox or at your door for any length of time.
Deposit mail close to pickup time
Deposit outgoing mail into USPS® Blue Collection Boxes before the last collection or inside your local Post Office™.
Inquire about overdue mail
If you do not receive a check, credit card, or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the sender as soon as possible and inquire about it.
Don't send cash
Be careful about what you send. Don’t risk sending cash in the mail.
Arrange for prompt pickup
If you cannot be home to receive a package, make another arrangement or use the USPS Hold Mail Service.
Use Hold for Pickup
When shipping packages, use the Hold for PickUp option, and the recipients can collect the package at their local Post Office.
Request signature confirmation
When mailing something important, consider requesting Signature Confirmation™ for the intended recipient.
File a change of address
If you move, make sure you file a change of address with the Postal Service and let your financial institutions know as well.
Anyone who believes that are a victim of mail theft are asked to reach out to the United States Postal Inspection Service: 1-877-876-2455
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy Hiromoto at the Apple Valley Police Department at (760) 240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.