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Suspects arrested for local mail theft

The recent arrest of a San Jose duo suspected of local mail theft and other crimes proved a matter of timing – good timing for a Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy and bad timing for the two suspects.

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Binder told the Town Crier that a sheriff’s deputy arrested the suspects Feb. 6 at a Sears Auto Center in San Jose, just one day after they allegedly stole mail from a resident in an unincorporated part of Los Altos and fraudulently used a credit card.

According to Binder, a sheriff’s deputy arrested David Cortez, 29, and Lupe Snyder, 27, after the deputy visited a San Jose Sears to investigate a purchase made using the resident’s stolen credit card. The card, he noted, was part of a mail batch stolen from the resident’s home one day earlier. Binder said that while speaking with a store representative, he learned that Cortez and Snyder were actually on the store’s premises, picking up new tires they purchased the day before with the stolen card.

“He was talking to someone about (the fraudulent purchase) and it just so happened the two individuals were in the store,” Binder said.

The deputy intercepted the duo and arrested them in the store.

Binder added that a search warrant executed on the pair’s truck resulted in the recovery of stolen property from several burglaries in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Cortez and Snyder face charges that include burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of methamphetamines.

Binder noted that mail thefts are a common occurrence in the area, with suspects aiming to steal items that contain either personal information – leading to identity-theft crimes – or simply mailed goods that can be turned into a quick profit.

“It’s been off and on,” he said. “You catch one group and another group will come in. … It’s something we’re constantly vigilant about.”

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