Resident cashes stolen checks, steals thousands


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.


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Posted by KJ
a resident of Danville
on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

The three juveniles who vandalized Hap Magee Park that were cited and released, are their parents responsible for restitution? If not, they should be--pay for the damages as well as a penalty.

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Posted by MJT
a resident of Danville
on Aug 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

The three juveniles that vandalized Hap Magee Park. Who pays to repair the damage? The juveniles should do the repair and clean-up under supervision from one of our park people and then they should be banned from the use of the park until they can prove they can be respectful citizens, I feel their parents should pay for all the supplies it takes to put that Park back to its pre-damaged condition and they should also include all protective gear, so they don't get injured while doing the clean-up work! Since they had time to vandalize they should have time to do the repairs and clean-up!

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

I agree with the comments posted but I think we as a community need to go beyond just the repairs. These kids need to understand what they have done. They need to spend community hours cleaning up around town, along the freeway and giving talks to other kids. I would suggest at least once a month on a Saturday for eight hours...just like a job...for a year.

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Posted by the dogfather
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2011 at 9:03 am

I hope the constables inquired as to whether these particular yout's were the ones who vandalized the dog park benches a few weeks ago, also at the Hap.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2011 at 10:53 am

Yes on restitution. But rather than saddle a park employee with the job of supervising, the parents of the vandals should supervise. And good idea- community service on Saturdays for a year. But NO on giving talks to other kids. That glamorizes the crime. (My kids learned all about drugs from student speakers in the classrooms at SRVHS who, while saying "no to drugs" were former users handed a captive audience where they elaborated re. the exciting effects of drugs, where to buy them and how to use them.) No public forum for the vandals- just a lot of work time.

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Posted by Wayne
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

An immigration hold put on Ricardo Mendoza? My goodness another illegal criminal ripping off Americans?

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Posted by MailBoss
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Simple lesson here. Unlocked residential and business mailboxes leave you vulnerable to check fraud and identity theft. Secure your mail to protect your credit and your good name. Mail contains a plethora of sensitive information for would-be identity thieves like Menoza.

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