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Suspect in hundreds of Riverside mail thefts pleads guilty to 61 charges

By in Press Enterprise on November 15, 2017

By City News Service

A probationer who stole mail from hundreds of Riverside residents and used their personal information to establish credit card accounts and forge checks pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 14 to 61 felony and misdemeanor charges.

Cassandra Dianne Conney, 28, admitted all of the criminal counts filed against her, including identity theft, receiving stolen property, vandalism and child abuse, during a status conference at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Conney’s plea was made directly to Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn, over an objection from the District Attorney’s Office regarding the judge’s proposed sentence for the repeat felon — 15 years in state prison.

The defendant is being held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside pending a sentencing hearing scheduled for Dec. 8.

She was arrested in March following a Riverside police investigation that was solved with the help of a victim.

According to Riverside police Lt. Christian Dinco, Conney perpetrated mail thefts throughout the Mission Grove and Orangecrest areas of the city, as well as other neighborhoods, over a six-month span. Almost 1,000 people were targeted, Dinco said.

He said Conney was using a white Acura with no license plates to cruise locations and snatch mail from residences. In some cases, victims captured the thefts via private security surveillance video cameras, turning the contents over to authorities, according to Dinco.

One victim posted images to her Facebook page, resulting in leads that led investigators to zero in on Conney, the lieutenant said.

Detectives conducted a probation compliance check at the woman’s residence on Kingsley Way in Riverside on March 8 and seized numerous pieces of mail, stolen checks, credit cards, Social Security cards and various personal documents, he said.

Conney was also in possession of illegal drugs that were within reach of her 3-month-old baby, according to police. County Department of Public Social Services case agents […]    

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