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A probationer suspected of stealing mail from almost 1,000 Riverside residents and committing numerous acts of identity theft was being held Thursday in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Cassandra Diane Conney, 27, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of mail theft, forgery, fraud, child cruelty and probation violations.

She’s being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

According to Riverside Police Department Lt. Christian Dinco, investigators believe Conney perpetrated mail thefts throughout the Mission Grove and Orangecrest areas of the city, as well as other neighborhoods, over a six-month span.

“We’re working to track down all of the victims,” Dinco told City News Service. “It’s a process. But we’re confident we’ll find everyone who was victimized.”

He alleged that Conney was using a white Acura with no license plates to cruise locations and swipe mail from residences.

In some cases, victims captured the thefts via private security surveillance video cameras, turning the contents over to authorities, according to Dinco.

One victim posted images to her Facebook page, resulting in leads that pointed to Conney, the lieutenant said.

Detectives conducted a probation compliance check at the woman’s residence on Kingsley Way and seized numerous pieces of mail, stolen checks, credit cards, social security cards and personal documents, according to Dinco.

Conney was also allegedly in possession of controlled substances that were within reach of her three-month-old child, police alleged.

Dinco said that Riverside County Department of Public Social Services case agents took custody of the baby.

Conney is expected to face both federal and state charges for the alleged offenses.

According to court records, she has prior convictions for identity theft, receiving stolen property and battery.

–City News Service

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