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Police catch suspected mail thief
Gerald Clancy

A stop for a vehicle code violation led to the arrest of a man on drug charges and the recovery of several items of stolen mail, according to the Turlock Police Department.

Shortly after noon on Thursday, officers with the department’s Community Outreach Response and Engagement team stopped Gerald Clancy, 45 of Turlock, for a vehicle code violation. The officers discovered Clancy was driving on a suspended license and placed him under arrest for violating his probation.

A search of the vehicle and of Clancy turned up methamphetamine and a Postal Service key that is used to open community mailboxes in his pocket, said Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Neil Cervenka. Officers also found several items of mail from the Turlock area in the vehicle.

Clancy was arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, identity theft, possession of methamphetamine, and driving on a suspended license.

Possible victims will be contacted by the Turlock Police Department, but they recommend people do not provide any personal information over the phone to anyone without first verifying who you are speaking with.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Officer Mike Cervantez at 668-5550 ext. 6744. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or email at