Police recover hundreds of stolen letters, packages

PASO ROBLES — Around 10 p.m., a Paso Robles police officer was patrolling neighborhoods on Meadowlark Road. Through the fog, the officer saw a suspicious truck parked at the dead-end of Meadowlark near Airport Road. Officers made contact with two individuals in the truck, Jennifer Cavish and John Bell, both residents of Bakersfield.

During a probation search, officers discovered hundreds of pieces of mail along with numerous Amazon packages, all stolen from Southeast Paso Robles. Also found in the truck was methamphetamine, shaved car keys, burglary tools, license plates, and a homemade community mailbox master key that granted the thieves access to several community mailboxes in Paso Robles. Police also found homemade community mailbox master keys for Tulare, Visalia, and Bakersfield.

Cavish and Bell were arrested on a slew of charges related to the thefts.

Community Volunteer Patrol members helped sort through the mail, a process which took several hours. Police found mail from over 100 addresses from the following streets: Sleepy Hollow, Inverness, Sycamore Canyon, Winding Brook, Running Stag, Oxen, Rambouillet, Larkfield, Crystal Canyon, Little Quail Place, Creek Sand, Silver Oaks, and Spyglass. All letter mail will go back to the post office for delivery. Opened mail, which cannot be delivered, was shredded. Police have the names and addresses of everyone associated with the packages located in the vehicle and will be contact the owners of the packages soon. Police ask that those who suspect that they may have been the victim of the mail thieves do not call police dispatch to inquire about missing packages as it could overwhelm the emergency line.