Two suspects were arrested early Tuesday in an area of Novato that has been plagued by mail thefts, a sheriff's investigator said.
Gabriel Troy Brown, 38, of Vallejo and Simone Aguilar, 40, of Hercules were booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property, possessing burglary tools and conspiracy. Bail was set at $10,000 each.
The suspects were arrested on Crest Road in the Green Point area, where deputies were on increased patrols because of a crime spree in the area. The sheriff's department has received reports of 10 mail thefts and two residential burglaries in the neighborhood in recent weeks, said sheriff's Lt. Barry Heying.
At 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, a patrol deputy noticed a vehicle that was unusual to the area and registered to an address in Hercules.
"A male and female were inside the car ducking down in an apparent attempt to escape notice," Heying said. "During his investigation the deputy found stolen mail from both Novato and Vallejo inside the car along with bolt cutters, wire cutters and a car key that had been shaved down in a manner commonly used by car thieves."
The man, later identified as Brown, initially gave a false name and said he was visiting from New York, and both suspects gave "conflicting information" about why they were in the neighborhood, Heying said.
The investigation was continuing, and anyone with information can call the sheriff's department at 473-7233. Tipsters SMART Train
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