A traffic stop led to the arrest of two probationers in possession of mail stolen from several Peninsula cities, according to a Palo Alto Police Department press release.
On Aug. 30, at about 10:50 a.m., a patrol officer stopped a teal 1993 Ford Ranger pick-up for a vehicle code violation in the 400 block of Ramona Street. The female driver and male passenger were both on active probation for burglary and identity theft out of Alameda County, according to police.
Officers conducted a probation search of the vehicle and found two bags containing mail and packages addressed to various residences in Menlo Park, Redwood City, Emerald Hills, Woodside, Portola Valley and one business in Palo Alto. Police also found flashlights, pliers, a crowbar, hammer, and other burglary tools.
Shawn Michael McCourt, 28, and Julie Ann Scott, 37, both of Hayward, were arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for mail theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and identity theft. Scott was also booked for a probation violation and for driving with a suspended license.
There is no evidence to indicate that either suspect is responsible for any additional crimes in Palo Alto, police said. The department has reached out to all identified victims and returned the recovered mail and packages.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text or voice mail to 650-383-8984.
To report possible mail theft, visit the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.