CLAREMONT (CBSLA) — Police say a husband and wife were playing the Grinch when they were arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of stealing mail from mailboxes at the Claremont Post Office.
Amida Urrutia, 44, of Lennox, and Erik Gomez, 34, of Los Angeles were stopped in the alley at the side of the Claremont Post Office, 140 Harvard Ave., near the blue collection mailboxes at about 3 a.m., according to Claremont police.READ MORE: Thousands Attend Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary
The couple consented to a search of their vehicle, which turned up hundreds of pieces of mail, checks, a long thin strip of carpet with an adhesive backing, and sticky rat/mouse traps. It’s not clear how the items were used in the theft of mail.READ MORE: Robert Durst, New York Real Estate Scion, Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder In Death Of Longtime Friend Susan Berman
Claremont police says it is in the process of contacting people who were identified as victims.
Anyone who put a letter or package in the blue mailboxes in the east alley of the Claremont Post Office after 4 p.m. on Monday and believes they may be a victim can contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.MORE NEWS: Stars Show Out To Celebrate Emmy Nominations Ahead Of Big Show
Police say Urrutia and Gomez were arrested on suspicion of identity theft, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and burglary tools and are being held on $50,000.