Palo Alto police arrest pair for alleged mail theft

Third suspect in June 7 incident still at large

Palo Alto police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday, June 7, for allegedly stealing mail from several residential mailboxes in Atherton and Menlo Park, according to a police department press release.

According to police, an alert resident saw a person get dropped off by a vehicle and the same person checking mailboxes in the 400 block of Monroe Drive. The resident was able to provide police with a description of the car, a white 1995 Nissan Pathfinder.

A patrol officer spotted the Pathfinder leaving the neighborhood and followed it until it stopped on Miller Avenue and San Antonio Road in Mountain View, police said. When the officer got out of his cruiser, however, the driver sped off, going east in the westbound lanes of San Antonio, before crossing back into the eastbound lane and continuing east, police said.

The officer did not pursue it but then found the car crashed into the concrete divider on the off-ramp from eastbound San Antonio to southbound Central Expressway, police said.

When the officer went over to investigate, two men and a woman ran from the car. Police chased the three and were able to apprehend the woman and a man, but the second man, the driver of the car, got away. Police conducted an area search with a K-9 but were unable to locate him.

Police searched the Pathfinder, which sustained moderate front-end damage from the collision, and found items that appeared to have been stolen from residential mailboxes in Atherton and Menlo Park. The woman had a driver's license that belonged to a woman from Menlo Park and a cellphone that belonged to a man from Redwood City, police said. The items, which were determined to be lost or stolen, were returned to their owners.

Yesenia Molina, 30, who has no permanent residence, and Luis Gregorio Calvillo, 46, of East Palo Alto, were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Molina, who is on active parole for threatening a witness with force or violence, initially lied to police about her identity, police said. She was booked for a felony parole violation, a misdemeanor possession of stolen property, misdemeanor providing a false identity to police, misdemeanor misappropriation of lost property and resisting arrest.

Calvillo, who is on active probation for grand theft in San Mateo County, was the owner of the Pathfinder and had in his possession a passport that belonged to a man from East Palo Alto, according to police. Officers were unable to contact the owner of the passport to determine if it was lost or stolen.

Calvillo was booked for a felony probation violation, misdemeanor mail theft, misdemeanor misappropriation of lost property and resisting arrest.

Police are investigating the case to identify and locate the second male suspect. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has been contacted and will conduct its own investigation into the mail thefts.

Police advise those who have been the victim of mail theft to contact local law enforcement.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.


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4 people like this
Posted by Concerned Coach
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

Concerned Coach is a registered user.

Bad Bad People

7 people like this
Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Gethin is a registered user.

Good job PAPD!!

8 people like this
Posted by Not Wanted
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm

When you hear people talk about "Scummy people", now you have pictures.

3 people like this
Posted by Joey
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 21, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Throw the book at them. Their on probation. If not they will continue to do things like this.. Wake up Santa clara county

5 people like this
Posted by Fist bump to the cops
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 21, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Nice work, go get some more!

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