A Rialto woman was sentenced to a year in federal prison for her part in the burglary of the Calimesa Post Office using a “fishing device” to steal mail placed in the outgoing mailbox, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Alicia Anna Palomares, 33, was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles federal court after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge in November. A two- count indictment filed in July charged Palomares and co-defendant Alfred Zamorano Jr., 41, also of Rialto, with conspiracy and mail theft for break-ins at several post office boxes located inside the post office.
Zamorano Jr. also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and was sentenced in December to probation.
Prosecutors wrote that Palomares has a “substantial” criminal history and a long history of substance abuse.
The device used in the thefts was described in court papers as “an object covered in adhesive substance attached to a string.”
—City News Service