Last year, U.S. Postal Service inspectors from around the country came to the Central Valley to help local police investigate an upswing in mail theft. Investigators say mail theft and drug abuse usually go hand-in-hand.
“I used to have a saying that I think still holds true that ‘where there’s meth, there’s mail,” says Greg Campbell with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “There is a correlation between those who are on substance abuse and going out to do things to accommodate their habit.”
So far, “Operation Broken Mailbox” has netted more than 20 arrests and nine federal prison sentences. Law enforcement officials say local victims have lost about $400,000 over the last year because of identity theft, stolen checks and stolen mail-order prescription drugs.
Officials say the increased postal service investigations will continue for now.
1:00 p.m. UPDATE: A report of a stolen vehicle in Elk Grove led to an motorcycle officer firing on a suspect after being hit by a stolen car, according to a statement from the Sacramento Sheriff's Spokesman Sergeant Tony Turnbull.
(AP) - A man who police say was walking into traffic in Fresno to ask people for money has racked up his 70th citation for aggressive panhandling in the past year.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has a new social media tool. A new smartphone app lets people report crime and find out about crimes in their neighborhoods.
A Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office canine is continuing to recover after being stabbed last week while trying to apprehend a suspect. Officials say the dog will be back on duty after several weeks.
Law enforcement agencies in California will need to get a warrant to access your digital records, including your physical location, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.