A Danville resident is in jail after cashing thousands of dollars in stolen checks and using stolen credit cards.
Ricardo Mendoza, 36, was arrested on Thursday, Aug.4 after a doctor's office on Podva Road reported the theft of several checks, credit card information and other miscellaneous items. The checks had been written directly to Mendoza and the goods bought with stolen credit cards were shipped to his home.
"Officer Andrew Burnes wrote and executed a search warrant in Mendoza's home and found evidence linking Ricardo Mendoza to forging the checks, possession of stolen mail and use of stolen credit card info," said Sgt. Allan Shields. "There are approximately 20 mail theft victims from the San Ramon, Danville and Dublin areas."
While checks were stolen directly from the doctor's office, Shields suspects that Mendoza stole the rest of the mail from unlocked mailboxes in the San Ramon Valley. As of Monday afternoon, police had uncovered approximately $5,000 in cashed checks and close to $1,000 in property bought with credit card information.
"This is still an active cause and there's still follow up being done. When you have that many leads and that many victims, it takes a little time," Shields said.
Mendoza is currently being held in the Martinez Detention Facility under two counts of forgery and one count of stolen property, which is the result of all the stolen information being lumped together. Shields said Mendoza's bail is set at $60,000, though the Immigration and Naturalization Service has put a hold on his release.
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In other police news, three juveniles vandalized Hap Magee Ranch Park on Sunday night to the tune of $10,000. All three youth, who spray painted trees and light posts, were cited and released to their parents.