The Bakersfield Police Department has taken two men into custody for mail theft and other crimes after investigating a suspicious vehicle.
The full release can be seen below:
On March 3rd, 2022, at 11:39 PM, officers on patrol in the 11000 block of Marco Polo Avenue observed a suspicious vehicle believed to be involved in theft activity. With the assistance of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Helicopter (Air 1), officers were able to contact the occupants after they abandoned the vehicle in the 2700 block of Calloway Drive. Erik Jones (31) and Frederico Garcia (44) an AB 109 Post Release Community Supervision offender were contacted. Garcia was found to have two unrelated felony arrest warrants.
A search of the vehicle pursuant to Garcia’s probation status revealed numerous articles of stolen mail from throughout Bakersfield and burglary tools for forcing entry into vehicles and mailboxes.
The suspect’s vehicle was found to have a hardwired police radio scanner, brake light killswitch and remote controlled license plate flipper with multiple license plates affixed.
Garcia and Jones were arrested for commission of mail theft, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
Addressed owners of the recovered mail will be contacted by the Bakersfield Police Department.