Yesterday, Clovis Police Detectives served a search warrant at an apartment in Fresno, arresting two suspects, and seizing thousands of pieces of stolen mail. Their investigation began after following up on multiple mail theft cases, and finding that they were being committed by the same subjects. While Detectives continue to go through the evidence collected, they have located stolen mail from the several communities in the Central Valley, including over 100 addresses in Clovis, and even as far south near San Diego.
During the investigation, Detectives found that these suspects were mainly active during the night time and early morning hours, sometimes breaking into community mailboxes with residents nearby watching. The suspects, identified as 32 year-old Randall McKinney and 34 year-old Bobbi Heiss, both of Fresno, were booked into Fresno County Jail for numerous charges including identity theft with prior convictions, possession of forged checks and card making equipment, and mail theft. Heiss was also arrested for committing a felony while released on bail. As of the time of this information, both suspects remain in the Fresno County Jail. As this investigation continues, additional victims will be contacted and the list of charges that the suspects face will increase.
We encourage you to take proactive steps and make it difficult to become a victim of mail theft and fraud. Criminals get access to your personal information and documents to be able to steal your identity, open fraudulent accounts in your name, and commit other types of financial fraud.
-Check your mail daily.
-Go “paperless” for bills and statements that allow it.
-Immediately report any suspicious activity or thefts in progress to us anytime by calling 911 or (559) 324-2800.
-Sign up for “Informed Delivery” by the US Postal Service. This free service allows you to “digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon! Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mail pieces and track packages in one convenient location.” You can sign up for free on their secure website here: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action