At about 5:23 pm Sunday evening, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported vandalism in progress at the intersection of Park Street and North Soderquist Road.
When officers arrived on scene, they located a crowbar on top of a community mailbox with two males standing nearby. They were identified as William Haney, 30, and Edwin Lopez, 27, both of Turlock.
Officers made contact with both subjects and asked them what they were doing. Haney claimed that his mail was inside the mailbox and that he was trying to break open the mailbox to retrieve it.
The officers’ investigation revealed that neither of the two live in the area.
Officers searched a nearby vehicle that the two were driving and located multiple burglary tools, including various shaved keys, glass breakers, lockpicks, a saw, wire cutters and strippers, and a bag of suspected methamphetamine.
Haney was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of vandalism over $400, possession of burglary tools, and possession of a controlled substance.
Lopez was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of possession of burglary tools, providing false identification to a peace officer, and various felony warrants.
The Turlock Police Department would like to remind everyone to be vigilant in their neighborhood and to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Identity theft and fraud are crimes that no one wants to be a victim of. If you receive your mail from a community mailbox, remember to retrieve your mail daily. If you’re going to be out of town for several days and are unable to have someone pick up your mail, notify the postal service to hold your mail until your return. If you suspect that you have had mail stolen or your mailbox has been tampered with, contact the USPS Postal Inspector at 877-876-2455.