RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – A Hesperia man was found to be manufacturing mailbox keys labeled by city in order to steal mail and use stolen credit cards officials said.
The apparent crime spree came to a halt after a report from a Rancho Cucamonga citizen was made reporting fraudulent activity on two credit cards that she never received. The report made on January 16, 2019, began an investigation into the theft of these credit cards from a Rancho Cucamonga mailbox and the purchases made with them in Rancho Cucamonga, Banning, Beaumont, and Victorville.
Authorities said that the surveillance images were captured during one of the illicit transactions identifying the suspect vehicle as a gold, 4-door, Toyota Camry. The vehicle was learned to be registered to Joseph Justin Fullen, 35, of Hesperia. Four other mail theft reports were made after the incident, all in Rancho Cucamonga between January and March 2019, all using the gold, 4-door, Toyota Camry.
Fullen was located inside his vehicle at the Country Inn located at 2359 S GROVE Avenue in the City of Ontario on April 1, 2019. Also inside his vehicle, were around 300 pieces of stolen mail and clothing from Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Hesperia, Apple Valley, and Los Angeles. Counterfeit mailbox keys were also located, all labeled with the cities of Chino, Ontario, Victorville, Moreno Valley, Fontana, Hesperia and Rancho Cucamonga. Detectives connected Fullen with mail thefts and fraudulent purchases made since December 2018.
The United States Postal Inspectors Office assisted Detectives and assumed the investigation, which will be forwarded to the US Attorney’s Office for review and filing of federal charges. Fullen was arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center on April 1, 2019, for Theft by Use of Access Card, Unlawful Use of Identity, and Vandalism.
Detectives are releasing photos of Fullen’s vehicle and his booking photo. If anyone witnessed Fullen tampering with mailboxes or stealing mail, you are urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information at www.wetip.com.
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