RIVERSIDE – A Riverside woman was arrested on Wednesday for the theft of mail belonging to nearly one thousand different victims in the Orangecrest and Mission Grove areas of Riverside. The Riverside Police have been working on the recent thefts of mail in the area. He had descriptions of the woman committing the crimes and of the vehicle that she was driving. The vehicle was described as a white Acura with no plates. Even with the descriptions matching, they knew multiple mail theft crimes were being committed by the same suspect, but they were unable to identify her.
Finally, a break in the case came when a citizen posted her video on social media. She captured a clear video of the woman committing the crimes and another citizen recognized the woman and notified authorities. Cassandra Conney, 27, was implicated in multiple mail theft cases and was found to be on active probation for the same crime.
Detectives made contact with Conney at her Riverside home. In the home, detectives found over twenty stolen credit cards, stolen checks, id theft documents, social security cards, ledgers, and mail taken from residents in the Orangecrest and Mission Grove neighborhoods. In addition, detectives located illegal drugs that were within reach of a 3-month-old baby.
Conney was arrested and booked into jail for multiple counts of identity theft, possession of stolen credit cards, possession of over ten pieces of stolen mail, possession of drugs, and child endangerment. Detectives are working with Federal Postal Inspectors, and are attempting to charge Conney federally for her crimes. “We are taking these mail theft cases seriously. With the public’s help, we can make a serious dent in the frequency of these crimes. When citizens get involved, we all win. I am very appreciative of the tips received in this case and I am proud to help bring some of these theft investigations to a conclusion” says Detective Mutuku.
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- Cassandra Conney: Riverside Police Department