Crime - Sacto 911

Man arrested in Rocklin mail theft after watchful citizen tips off police

Melvin Gregory
Melvin Gregory Rocklin police

An alert Rocklin citizen is being credited with helping police arrest a man suspected of breaking into mailboxes.

The citizen called Rocklin police around 12:30 p.m. Saturday after seeing a man breaking into a commercial cluster mail box in the 4300 block of Anthony Court. The citizen kept an eye on the man until police arrived.

Officers quickly located the suspected mail thief, Melvin Gregory, 32, of Oroville, at the rear of a business. Gregory also matches the description of a suspect in two mail thefts in Roseville, police said.

In his vehicle, Rocklin officers found stolen mail, checks and credit cards.

Gregory was booked into Placer County Jail on a variety of charges, including identity theft, vandalism and possession of stolen property.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews