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Bakersfield couple arrested for stealing hundreds of mail items from Paso Robles mailboxes

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Posted at 6:12 AM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 09:18:34-04

A Bakersfield couple is behind bars accused of stealing hundreds of pieces of mail from mailboxes in Paso Robles.

On Facebook, the Paso Robles Police Department says an officer was patrolling the Meadowlark Rd. neighborhood Tuesday night when he noticed a suspicious-looking truck parked at a dead-end.

Police say Jennifer Cavish and John Bell of Bakersfiled were inside the truck along with hundreds of stolen mail items, methamphetamine, shaved car keys, burglary tools, license plates and a homemade master key that allowed the pair to break into several community mailboxes in southeast Paso Robles.

The officer also found labeled mailbox master keys for Tulare, Visalia and Bakersfield.

Cavish and Bell were arrested on various charges including theft, police say.

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John Bell, accused of mail theft
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Jennifer Cavish, accused of mail theft

In the police department's Facebook post, they thanked community volunteer patrol members for spending several hours sorting through the recovered mail.

"We had mail from over 100 addresses from the following streets: Sleepy Hollow, Inverness, Sycamore Canyon, Winding Brook, Running Stag, Oxen, Rambouillet, Larkfield, Crystal Canyon, Little Quail Place, Creek Sand, Silver Oaks, and Spyglass," police wrote on Facebook.

People who believe their mail may have been stolen are asked not the call police dispatch.

Instead, police say letter mail will be sent back to the post office to be delivered.

According to police, the couple also stole numerous Amazon packages. Officers have recorded the names and addresses associated with the packages and will contact the people they belong to.

Officers are also reminding residents to regularly check their mailboxes.