Spotting stolen vehicle in Beaumont leads to arrests in mail case
By Gail Wesson
Automatic license plate readers in the city of Highland alerted deputies to a reported stolen vehicle at two different locations Wednesday, July 19.
After they caught up with the vehicle, they found stolen mail inside, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Deputies found mail from Colton and Riverside, and checks, bills and debit/bank cards in the vehicle.
They also found prying tools used to break into community mailboxes, credit card scanning devices along with PIN pad and point of sale credit card machines in a backpack in the vehicle.
When deputies stopped the 2016 Ford Focus near the San Manuel Village on Highland Avenue, they arrested Sherry Alarcon, 42, of Moreno Valley, and subsequently found the driver of the Ford, Michael Harris, 34 of Riverside, outside a video game store.
Harris was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and identity theft, and remains in custody at the county’s Central Detention Center, according to jail records.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Highland station at 909-425-9793. Callers who want to remain anonymous may call the We-Tim Hotline at 800-782-7436 or leave a message on the nonprofit’s website www.wetip.com.