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Lafayette Police Suspect Concord Pair in Mailbox Break-ins

A number of mail thefts reported recently in Burton Valley.

Lafayette police arrested a man and a woman from Concord Friday on multiple charges, suspecting they are involved in the theft of mail from several Lamorinda addresses.

Arrested on charges of possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and drug charges were:

  • Tyler Flannery, 29, of Concord.
  • Erin McFerren, 41, of Concord.

"Just a great job by our officers and detectives to try to bring some of these thefts to a stop," stated Lafayette Police Chief Eric Christensen in a news release.

The news release gave this account:

"We have suffered a number of mail thefts in Burton Valley with crooks prying open mail boxes. Well last night our officers were checking on Happy Valley School. After checking the school, the drove down the road and encountered a suspicious vehicle, occupied by a male and female (0415 in the morning).

"The officers contacted the pair, located a pry device and also located a large quantity of mail from addresses that were not theirs.  Officers took them both into custody.

"They were both booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and several drug charges. Detectives from Lafayette and Orinda then began a series of search warrants and during the service of the warrants located property that had been taken from thefts in Orinda and mail stolen from previous mailbox thefts in Lafayette. We are working links to these two for other thefts from the last several months."

Moraga police have been investigating a series of thefts of parcel deliveries from porch steps.

Lackawanna December 24, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Just came back from the Lafayette Community Center. Someone broke open the candy vending machine. Probably last night, Sunday. Guess they needed money for presents for Xmas.
lovelafayette December 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Chief Christensen has brought a new police presence to our town. He is a great communicator, wants us to know what he is up to! He is the only chief who has been able to turn the rent a sheriff LPD into a community police force. Thanks Chief. Come on parents, tell the city to take these broken machines and ditch them, stop selling junk food and soda to our kids. Our schools use our tax $ to teach nutrition and offer healthy meals, and the city undercuts that message with these machines.

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