Stolen mailboxes in Visalia CA help uncover a crime even larger

VISALIA, Calif. (KFSN) — An identity theft investigation in the South Valley has uncovered a crime even larger than first thought. Police say the suspect wasn’t just stealing the victim’s mail, but entire mail boxes.

Shannon Sorrels, 35, is in custody after a check fraud investigation led officers to uncover he’d stolen a number of community mailboxes around town.

In the video, you’ll see Visalia police and federal investigators taking away bags of stolen mail, after five community boxes were stolen around the city.

Visalia police say the secret service is involved in the investigation Because of another federal crime they believe Sorrels was committing at his home.

Sgt. Dominguez explained, “We found evidence that shows that he was manufacturing some counterfeit currency we also found some counterfeit currency in his possession.”

Sorrels is facing local charges for check fraud and federal charges for mail theft and counterfeiting.

Officers are still looking for the fifth stolen community mailbox.

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