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Two Detained For Mail Theft Thanks to Vigilant Citizens



VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( Two residents of Victorville were detained for mail theft thanks to a couple of vigilant citizens.

Linda Montes, a member of our newsgroup on Facebook, created a post on Wednesday to inform others of criminal activity she witnessed in the area of Ponderosa Ranch Road by Ashleys furniture.

“My friend and I just witnessed these thieves going through our neighborhood mailboxes stealing mail,” Montes wrote. She managed to get the vehicle description and the license plate number and promptly filed a report with the Victorville Police Department.

In addition to her report, Sheriff’s dispatch said they also received another call from a person who witnessed the crime take place in the same area. Both reporting parties gave a description of a blue Jeep.

Detectives began investigating the incident and were able to locate the vehicle used in the alleged crime a short time later at approximately 3:30 p.m., in the 12300 block of San Dimas Street.

Detectives talked to Crystal Lobato, 30, and Anthony Carrillo, 31, at the location where the Jeep was located.

“Mail linked to the Ponderosa Ranch calls was located in Lobato and Carrillo’s possession,” authorities said.

What appears to be the same blue Jeep was captured on surveillance video also stealing mail on a previous day. (photo by Roque Ramos, via Victor Valley News)

In the comments of the post, Roque Ramos said she had previously caught the same vehicle on surveillance video stealing mail but was unable to get the license plate number.

“This case is being forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review and filing,” Police said.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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