Press Release

 

Moorpark - Suspect Arrested in Burglary of Post Office Mailbox
6/11/2013 7:30:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Burglary of Post Office Mailbox and Arrest of Suspect

Report Number:

13-8346

Location:

Moorpark Post Office, 100 W. High Street, Moorpark

Date & Time:

April 12th, 2013

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Investigations Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

Ramirez, Rebekah

Transient

27

Narrative:

On April 12th, 2013, a mailbox located in the parking lot of the Moorpark Post Office was broken into and the contents removed.  United States Postal officials estimated at least thirty pieces of mail were stolen in the burglary.

Moorpark detectives received the report and investigated the case.  Since the burglary occurred so close to the Federal Income Tax filing deadline, detectives believed the mailbox might have contained a significant amount of mail with personal and banking information of potential victims.  Detectives issued a press release requesting assistance from the public and from anyone who utilized the mailbox to send mail.  Detectives asked customers to review their bank accounts for signs of fraud or identity theft.

On April 16th, 2013, a Moorpark resident who used the mailbox in question on April 12th, saw the press release and checked his bank account.  The resident discovered his bank accounts were compromised by a suspect, Rebekah Ramirez, who used the victim mail placed in the mailbox.

During the investigation it was discovered that there were additional victims whose mail was stolen from the same mailbox.  Ramirez was identified as the suspect who used the information obtained from the mailbox in the additional cases. 

On June 6th, 2013, Moorpark detectives located Ramirez in the City of Camarillo, and with help from deputies at the Camarillo Patrol Station, Ramirez was arrested for Burglary and Forgery.  Ramirez was booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Ventura and her bail was set at $20,000.

The Moorpark Police Department would like to remind the public whenever possible to utilize the mail drop boxes inside the postal facilities.  Additionally, citizens should continually monitor their financial accounts and credit reports for unauthorized activity, and keep personal information secure both online and offline.  If the public notices any suspicious activity, they are encouraged to immediately report suspicious activity to their local law enforcement agency.

 

Prepared by:

Detective Kevin Lynch

 

Media Release Date:

June 10th, 2013

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Kevin Lynch

(805) 532-2714

 

 

Approved by:

 

Captain Stephen Wade

 






 

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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