Four Suspects Arrested for Mail Theft and Conspiracy in Rancho Cucamonga
Four suspects were arrested in Rancho Cucamonga after allegedly attempting to break into a vehicle and being found in possession of a violin case full of mail that didn’t belong to them.
On March 5, 2021, witnesses informed officers that they saw a woman driving a white van with a man in the passenger seat, who got out of the van and tried to open the door of another vehicle parked on the street in the the 7200 block of Sanza Place. Rancho Cucamonga police made their way there at about 3:30 AM.
“Deputies arrived in the area and conducted an area check where they found numerous mailboxes open and mail thrown on the street,” according to the release. The van described was located driving northbound on Milliken Avenue, near the neighborhood where the reported crime took place. Deputies directed the van to pull over. Inside were four passengers, identified as 33-year-old Jeana Contreras of Rialto, 46-year-old Armando Hurtado of Fontana, 24-year-old Omar Torres of Fontana, and 34-year-old Daniel Sanchez of San Bernardino. The female driver was released at the scene after interview.
“Deputies searched the vehicle and found a backpack, plastic bags, and a violin case full of opened and unopened mail, none of which were addressed to any of the suspects,” states the release. Each suspect was arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center for mail theft and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Hurtado and Sanchez are being held on $25,000. Contreras’ bail was set for $50,000 as he was additionally booked for petty theft. Torres was found to be violating his probation and is subsequently being held without bail.
The driver’s case will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office.
“The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department would like to remind residents to always report suspicious activity immediately and to make every effort to check your mail daily and as close to delivery time as possible.”