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Mail thief nabs renters checks
mail thief
The theft at Central Valley Property Management was caught on a surveillance camera. Anyone with information about this person is asked to contact the Turlock Police Department. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turlock Police Department is investigating mail thefts at two property management companies in town.

It’s suspected the two thefts were done by the same offender, said Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Neil Cervenka.

An undisclosed number of checks and/or mail orders were taken in the thefts.

One theft was reported at Rushing Property Management at 2111 Geer Rd. and the other was at Central Valley Property Management at 433 E. Main St. Both thefts were reported to the Turlock Police Department on the morning of April 3, but the actual thefts occurred hours earlier.

The theft at Central Valley Property Management was captured on surveillance cameras and the footage has been shared on social media sites.

In the footage, a woman is seen using some type of device to get into the mail slot to grab the mail. She is seen struggling with it for some time before snagging the mail.

Checks and money orders can be put through a process called “washing” that allows the thieves to alter the payee, the amount and other information.

Ryan Smith, the owner and property manager of Central Valley Property Management, said he was able to identify the two tenants that had dropped off payments and were likely stolen by the woman.

This was not the first time that his business had been targeted for mail theft. A similar incident happened in February and Smith said he is positive it was carried out by the same woman.

Sharing the footage on social media has generated a few leads, but at this time the woman has not been positively identified and no arrest has been made.

Anyone with information about either theft is asked to contact the Turlock Police Department at 668-1200 and ask for Detective Paul Inderbitzen.