Police in Delano California arrested a suspect in a recent rash of mail thefts earlier this week. The suspect, Francisco Daniel Ceja, 32, was found to be in possession of mail, and “a homemade device resembling a master key”.
Further evidence was located inside Ceja’s home, located within the 1200 Block of Lewis Street in Delano, which was determined to be illegally obtained from mailboxes within the City of Delano. The key was tested on numerous U.S. Postal Service community mailboxes and drop boxes, which worked the locking mechanism. The U.S. Postal Service Inspections office in Bakersfield was contacted, who declined to assume command of the Investigation for prosecution within the Federal Court System. All of the victims linked to the stolen mail were contacted and the mail is in the process of being returned to them.
KGET TV in Bakersfield reports that the Inspection Service denies it declined to prosecute.
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