Pair arrested in Palo Alto for allegedly stealing mail


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 or sent via text or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

To report possible mail theft, visit the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

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Great job PAPD!!

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Posted by CAS
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Bravo to the best force in the bayarea PAPD!!!
I moved from PA 8 years ago. I miss my police there. Los Altos PD can not carry your boots. You are the best!! Miss you guys and gals of the force.

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Posted by rose gooch
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

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Posted by rick
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on Sep 25, 2014 at 3:45 am

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Always makes me nervous when I read about people getting arrested for burglary tools in their trunk.

>> "Police also found flashlights, pliers, a crowbar, hammer, and other burglary tools."

Police can find these items in my trunk too.

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