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Highland deputies catch suspected mail thieves, seek surveillance videos

By in Press Enterprise on October 5, 2017

By Gail Wesson

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking the public’s help to combat mail theft by reporting found mail or sharing surveillance video that may show evidence of theft in Highland, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Deputies observed a suspicious vehicle driving slowly through East Highlands neighborhoods at 3 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, and stopped it near Baseline and Church streets.

The vehicle had two different paper plates on the exterior and inside a crow bar, screwdriver and flashlight — tools commonly used to pry open mailboxes or get into vehicles, the news release stated.

A laptop that had been reported stolen and several pieces of stolen mail were found

Neighborhood security also notified deputies that two community mailboxes had just been broken into on Henderson and Bacon lanes. Some mail stolen from the mailboxes may have been discarded nearby.

Arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and mail theft were Marsial Ruiz, 24, and Jose Alfonso Gomez, 27, both of San Bernardino; and Nadine Diane Silva, 39, and Miguel Angel Flores, 21, both of Highland.

They are no longer in custody, according to jail records.

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