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Suspected El Dorado County mail thieves arrested again with stolen credit cards, drugs

Heston Schmucker
Heston Schmucker El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

Three people were arrested at an El Dorado Hills Target store after police found drugs and stolen items, including mail, credit cards and fraudulent checks, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Two of those arrested in the June 29 incident – Heston Schmucker✔ and Mariah Schmucker – were also detained in April, when police found similar items during a search of a Placerville-area residence. Heston Schmucker faces charges related to the April arrest, according to El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.

Both posted bail after sheriff’s deputies arrested the pair and Matthew Leatherby when responding to a theft in process at a Target in El Dorado Hills on June 29. Heston Schmucker, 38, and Mariah Schmucker, 23, had methamphetamine, hypodermic needles and a glass pipe in their vehicle, authorities said. Heston is a validated skinhead gang member, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies found stolen mail, stolen credit cards, stolen identification cards and fraudulent checks in a Jeep Heston was driving. Heston and Mariah were released after posting $47,000 and $4,500 bail, respectively. Their relationship is unknown.

Matthew Leatherby, 35, was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting. Deputies found what appeared to be stolen mail and credit cards among his belongings. Leatherby was released on $17,000 bail.

An investigation of six months of mail theft led county authorities to arrest seven people in April, including two men on April 16. Heston, Mariah and three others were arrested April 21 when detectives and deputies searched a residence on 1600 block of Beals Road, near Placerville. Authorities found stolen mail, checks and opiates, sheriff’s officials said. The stolen items found during the search belonged to more than 100 victims, according to officials.

Anyone with information about recent mail thefts is encouraged to call 530-642-4716 or 530-642-4731.