San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2017
CONTACT: Tim Daly, Public Information Officer
T: (209) 468-1881 | E: tim.daly@sjcda.org

San Joaquin County District Attorney Offers Important Information on Preventing ID Theft

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.

  • Never send cash or coins in the mail. Use checks or money orders. When writing checks, use "check-safe" ink.
  • Retrieve mail as soon as possible after delivery.
  • Have important packages sent to work, if possible.
  • Use a vacation hold if you will be away for any length of time between three and thirty days.
  • Advise senders of important mailings to use U.S. Postal Service Signature Services.
  • Use letter slots at the Post Office to mail letters or hand them to your letter carrier.
  • Consider having blank checks mailed to your bank for pick-up.
  • Sign up for real time tracking of mail pieces at www.usps.com.
  • Use "Hold for Pickup" for Priority Mail Express envelopes & packages.
  • Report non-receipt of valuable mail as soon as possible by calling banks, credit card issuers, and the Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455. Fraudulent activity on any financial accounts should also be reported immediately to the police and to the Postal Inspectors.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the police and the Postal Inspectors. This may include someone following the letter carrier, attempting to break into a Postal vehicle, or tampering with mail.

"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.