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.
The survivors of crime victims spoke out Thursday in Stockton, coming together to tell their stories and honor their loved ones.
Update 11/14/2016, 6:50 p.m.: A Stanislaus County Sheriff Deputy was shot and killed yesterday while checking out a suspicious vehicle near Hughson.
A memorial continues to grow for a Marysville boxing trainer who was shot to death outside of his gym and in front of his eight-year-old son Wednesday.
The Sacramento Police Department is answering for two separate shootings by police officers. Friday the City Manager signed a contract with a credentialed expert to investigate the two incidents.
The Lincoln Police Department says one of its deputies shot and killed a man in the McDonald's parking lot at G and Third Streets this morning.