EMERYVILLE, Calif. (KRON) — The Emeryville Police recovered 37 pounds of stolen mail early Wednesday morning after catching a mail thief, it said in a Facebook post. Police identified the suspect as 42-year-old Morgan Hill resident Shomari Evans.
Police learned of the theft at the Bridgewater Apartments on 6400 Christie Avenue. They were notified by Elite Remote Guarding, a surveillance monitoring service.
Officers arrived to the mail room and quickly located the suspect, who attempted to flee. He surrendered himself after jumping from the garage into some bushes where officers were standing.
Along with the 37 pounds of mail, police found “numerous mailbox keys” that were shaved and used to open mailboxes. Evans was arrested for burglary, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary, fleeing from police, and giving false information to the police.
This is an ongoing criminal investigation.
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The Brentwood Police Department reported a similar incident on July 6, when a man was arrested for stealing mail from the Somerset senior living community. There had been six mail theft incidents at the community since March 12. Brentwood resident Franklin Huffman, 36, was arrested and booked into jail on several charges.