Following the arrests of two people in Manteca on charges of identity theft, the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office is offering a series of tips to help others avoid becoming victims of that crime.
Manteca police discovered more than 100 pounds of stolen mail and ID's during a search of the suspect's apartment. Investigators expect the total number of victims to be several hundred. A majority of the mail was stolen from cluster mailboxes, but some of the stolen packages were taken off of front porches.
The U.S. Postal Inspector provides this list of helpful tips, to help prevent mail and ID theft.
"Mail theft is one of our biggest challenges in the Central Valley. Unfortunately, it is a growing crime in the western states. Timely reporting of mail theft incidents helps us build up our intelligence and our cases," said Brian Shaughnessy of the U.S. Postal Service.
The suspects in the Manteca case, both 25, remain jailed in San Joaquin County. They face a variety of charges including Identity Theft, Possession of Identifying information of 10 or more victims, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.