A call from an alert Tri-Valley resident led to the arrest of four men in a mail-theft ring that spanned four counties, including cities in Contra Costa County.
A resident of MacDonald Court in Pleasanton spotted a man removing mail from several mailboxes at about 9:20 p.m. Friday, and then watched the man join others in a compact, silver hatchback-style vehicle.
A sweep by police located the car, a 2011 Nissan Versa not far from the caller's location, with four men from outside the area. A search of the car turned up suspected stolen mail from multiple addresses in Pleasanton as well as 13 other cities in Contra Costa, San Mateo and Solano counties.
Four Contra Costa County men were arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail for possession of stolen property, forgery, conspiracy and drug-related charges. They were David A. Gonzalez, 23, of Antioch and Concord residents Elmer Aguilar, 18, Gustavo E. Rivas, 26, and Ruben J. Ramirez, 31.