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.
Ten days after a Grant Union High School football player was killed and a teammate was injured by gunfire, the Sacramento Police Department continues to ask for anyone with information to step forward.
Police are requesting help from the community in locating an individual responsible for a bank robbery.
The City of Modesto will soon be using surveillance cameras to fight graffiti and protect its water supply. About 50 cameras are being installed around town.
A booming nut industry in California has inspired organized crime. Entire truckloads of almonds, walnuts and pistachios have been disappearing. But, crack downs appear to be reducing the problem.
UPDATE: A meeting and march is planned for Tuesday after a student athlete was killed and another was injured Friday afternoon near Grant Union High School. The two were shot as they and teammates were returning to school for a football team meeting.