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Suspect linked to $20,000 in mail thefts
APPLE VALLEY • A suspect is in custody in connection to a slew of mail thefts, in which at least $20,000 in checks were stolen from Apple Valley mailboxes, officials said Monday.
On Saturday night an Apple Valley deputy was patrolling near the intersection of Bear Valley and Kiowa Roads and observed man standing near a store’s mailboxes, according to Apple Valley watch commander Brian Roper.
When the suspect saw the deputy, he got into his vehicle and attempted to escape but was pulled over by the deputy, according to Roper.
The deputy arrested the suspect, Alfred Bojorquez, 26, just after midnight at the intersection of Kiowa and Navajo Roads, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department arrest log.
Bojorquez matched the description of a suspect wanted by the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station in connection with a large number of mail thefts. Bojorquez had stolen mail and tools used to pry open mailboxes inside his vehicle at the time of his arrest, according to Roper.
Apple Valley deputies had previously arrested other members of Bojorquez’s family in connection with a large number of cases of stolen mail, and Bojorquez was one of the last suspects still at large, according to Roper.
In recent months, hundreds of Apple Valley residents and store owners have had mail stolen from their mailboxes, according to Roper.
The crooks targeted both mail drop boxes outside of stores and residents’ personal mailboxes.
“The suspects wash the checks, change the names, and deposit them in a separate account,” Roper explained.
Bojorquez is being held at the Victor Valley Station on charges of receiving stolen property with a value of at least $400 and conspiracy to commit a crime. His bail is set at $25,000 and he will appear in court Tuesdsay.
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