Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A man who was seen stealing mail by an off-duty police officer was arrested in the Via Verde area of San Dimas, police said Thursday.

The man was spotted driving a van and taking mail from a mailbox before fleeing from the off-duty officer that witnessed him, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s San Dimas Station.

Upon contact with the driver, the deputies could see a large amount of loose mail piled in the van.

The driver was identified by authorities as 27-year-old Joseph Reilly, who is a former resident of Covina.

Reilly was arrested around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of possessing stolen property, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in addition to identity theft-related charges, authorities said.

Reilly also had a pre-existing no-bail warrant for drug sales, authorities said.

Reilly is being held on an $85,000 bond and will make his first appearance in court Friday, according to sheriff’s online inmate records.

Upon conducting an inventory of the van, deputies discovered more mail, tools, sports equipment, and clothing – all possible stolen property, authorities said.

A follow-up investigation is being conducted but the initial investigation determined that some of the recovered property was recently stolen from a school outside California, authorities said.

Detectives will make contact with any known victims in the course of the investigation, and photos of recovered property may be posted soon if the owners cannot be identified.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station at (909) 450-2700.

—City News Service

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