HIGHLAND (AP) — A woman and a teenager have been arrested for allegedly stealing mail from Highland residents evacuated from their homes due to recent mudslides.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says 35-year-old Amanda Nieblas was booked Tuesday on suspicion of receiving stolen property. The 17-year-old boy was cited and released to a parent.

They were arrested in the early morning hours after a deputy guarding homes partially buried in mud noticed the pair pull into a driveway and walk toward a home.

He confronted them and found Nieblas had numerous outstanding warrants. A search of the car turned up burglary tools and mail belonging to evacuated homes.

Nieblas is being held on $425,000 bail.

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Comments (2)
  1. lumis washington says:

    Wow I hate going to my mailbox because of all the junk mail and bills. These people thrive on it.

    1. Astonished says:

      She wasn’t thriving on junk mail. She was looking for gift cards and cards with money and checks in them and personal information. How low is that to prey on people who have been devestated so badly!

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