Photo by John Schreiber
Photo by John Schreiber

Deputies arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of breaking into the mailboxes Friday of at least 16 people in San Dimas.

About 3:30 a.m., deputies dispatched to the area of Avenida Ladera and Calle Alto regarding a mail theft call were alerted by a resident in the area that two suspects in Jeep Cherokee were spotted breaking into mailboxes, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

Deputies located the Jeep and conducted a traffic stop on San Dimas Avenue near the Orange (57) Freeway. They detained a man and a woman and recovered dozens of pieces of mail, as well as gloves and tools authorities said they believed were used to pry open locked mailboxes.

“Subsequent investigation determined the mail had just been stolen from at least nine locations and 16 victims in the Via Verde area of San Dimas,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

Mario Jerez, 39, of West Covina, was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, mail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools and driving on a suspicion license. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Erica Ferriola, 24, of Upland, was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and several pre-existing arrested warrants. Ferriola was being held in lieu of $205,000 bail.

–City News Service

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