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Two in custody accused of stealing mail in Citrus Heights

Alwin Santiago
Alwin Santiago Booking photo, Citrus Heights Police Department

Two people have been arrested after they were allegedly found taking mail from mailboxes in Citrus Heights early Thursday morning.

Police received a report about 5:30 a.m. regarding a suspicious vehicle in the area of Crosswoods Circle. The caller reported seeing a moving truck occupied by two people with flashlights. The people were stopping the truck at mailboxes, and looking through and taking items from the mailboxes, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department news release.

Officers found the truck and detained the two occupants. Inside the truck, officers found hundreds of pieces of mail, none of which belonged to people in the truck, police said.

Officers arrested Jennifer Carroll, 40, of Citrus Heights, and Alwin Santiago, 39, of Elk Grove. They are accused of stealing the mail of at least 81 people. Both were booked on suspicion of several offenses, including possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

Police said the investigation is continuing and they will be working with the U.S. Postal Service to return the mail to the rightful owners. They urge residents to get to know when postal carriers typically deliver mail and to retrieve it shortly after it is deposited in their mailbox.

Police also commended the residents who reported the suspicious activity and the active Neighborhood Watch program in the Crosswoods area.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy