FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEIGHBORHOOD MAILBOX THIEF ARRESTED
Ripon CA: On 01-11-13, the Ripon Police Department was contact by the Post Master, regarding the theft of an entire neighborhood mailbox from the area of Laurelwood Dr. and Cooper Ct. Ripon patrol officers responded to the scene on Cooper Ct. to document the theft, and obtain evidence.
A concerned Ripon resident contacted the police department regarding someone trying to cash a check in her name. A suspect made an unsuccessful attempted to cash the victim’s check, from the stolen community mailbox, at a local check cashing establishment. The suspect fled the area when he was unable to cash the stolen check. RPD detectives immediately responded to the establishment to interview witnesses.
Through the course of this intensive investigation, physical, electronic, and eye-witness evidence quickly lead to the identity of a suspect. Ripon investigators were advised of the fact that the suspect reportedly made a stolen vehicle report, hours after he fled the check cashing establishment in his own vehicle. Due to the fact that this case involved a multitude of crimes; Ripon investigators reached out to federal, state and local agencies during the course of this investigation.
Detectives made unsuccessful attempts to contact the suspect. On 01-15-13, the suspect voluntarily came to the Ripon Police Department, knowing investigators wanted to speak to him about the theft. During questioning, the suspect reportedly admitted his involvement in this case.
Donald E. Moyer III (25) of Ripon was taken into custody. He was charged with Grand Theft, Burglary, Possession of Known Stolen Property and Possession of a Forged Bank Note. The USPS neighborhood mailbox was located and recovered on Mello Rd. in Ripon. Citizens, who were victims of mail theft involving this mailbox, should contact the lead investigator on this case, Detective Sgt. Terri Jensen at 209-599-0261. Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, no further information will be released at this time.
P.I.O. – First – Sgt. Steve Merchant
Ripon Police Department
259 N. Wilma Ave.
Ripon, CA 95336