A pair of convicted felons accused of stealing mail from multiple Riverside residences were charged Wednesday with mail theft.
Angela Mercado, 25, and 30-year-old Ramon Juan Pedraza, who’s additionally charged with probation violations, are slated to make a joint initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, a concerned citizen called 911 to report that a man and woman were slowly cruising the area of Tiger Tail Drive and Whitegate Avenue, on the south side of the city, and the woman was periodically getting out of the vehicle to try the handles on parked cars, as well as jiggling the doors on houses, according to Riverside police.
Patrol officers went to the location but did not immediately find anyone. However, while passing the intersection of Cactus and Dauchy avenues, officers spotted the car that had been described by the caller, and as they began tailing it, “the occupants started throwing mail out of the windows,” according to a police statement.
Officers pulled the driver — Pedraza — over moments later and seized numerous pieces of mail allegedly taken from homes.
The two defendants were taken into custody without incident.
According to court records, Pedraza has prior convictions for identity theft and receiving stolen property. Mercado has several priors out of a neighboring jurisdiction, but they weren’t specified.
Mercado is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, where Pedraza is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.
–City News Service