A speeding woman motorist was in custody Sunday, but driving too fast is probably the least of her worries.
Grand theft auto was the initial alleged problem, but then officers say they found stolen mail and equipment for identity theft scams in the vehicle.
The traffic stop on the Pasadena (110) Freeway resulted in the driver’s arrest on suspicion of grand theft auto and also netted more than 200 pieces of apparently stolen mail, as well as material related to identity theft scams, according to police.
An officer clocked the white BMW going more than 80 miles per hour on the northbound freeway at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Corporal Phillips of the South Pasadena Police Department.
Marisa Rae Delgado, 27, a resident in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, was placed in custody for an outstanding felony warrant for grand theft auto, according to South Pasadena Police Sgt. Spencer Louie.
The arresting officer also found more than 200 pieces of mail not addressed to Delgado, which were believed to be stolen, as well as multiple mailbox keys for multi-unit housing complexes, dozens of blank credit cars, a credit car embossing machine, several stolen driver’s licenses and additional items connected to common thefts, Phillips said.
Delgado had been arrested in the past for crimes including automobile and identity theft, Phillips added. It’s unclear at this point what happened to those cases.
Police contacted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Pasadena about Delgado’s arrest and that agency was expected to take the lead in the investigation of the alleged mail theft, Phillips added.
Delgado is currently being held without bail in Alhambra, according to L.A. County jail records. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Alhambra Superior Court on Tuesday.
—Staff and wire reports
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