Four people suspected of stealing mail in a gated Irvine community as well as mail from Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties were arrested, police said.
Police received a call from a resident just after 7 a.m. about two suspicious people accessing a bank of mailboxes in a gated community near Canyonwood and Meadowood, according to Mike Hallinan of the Irvine Police Department.
The resident reported seeing a white Dodge Durango parked illegally with two males accessing the main doors of the mailboxes.
When officers arrived on scene, they confirmed that multiple mailboxes had been accessed, Hallinan said.
A short time later, an officer located a vehicle matching the description provided earlier by the resident. The vehicle was traveling on the northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway near Culver Drive and the officer initiated a traffic stop, Hallinan said.
There were four people inside the vehicle along with multiple items of mail from Orange, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, Hallinan said.
Police also located numerous checks and credit cards inside the vehicle, according to Hallinan.
Vicente Guzman, 33, Ryon Rangel, 22, Fred Wyatt, 22, and Cassandra Rios, 22, were arrested for suspicion of theft, Hallinan said. Their cities of residence were not immediately reported.
— City News Service
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