Last night at 12:30 a.m., an alert resident contacted the Irvine Police Department to report an individual stealing mail from community mailboxes in the Portola area.
IPD Officers responded and located the suspect’s vehicle using directions from the witness. Officers stopped the suspect and determined he was driving under the influence of drugs.
35-year-old Joshua Thompson, who has been arrested several times in previous weeks for mail theft, was found to be in possession of mail belonging to numerous Irvine residents. Thompson was arrested for mail theft and DUI and was sent back to Orange County Jail.
Mail theft leads to other crimes like identity theft, fraud, and forgery. Please retrieve your mail regularly and follow our Crime Prevention tips, posted weekly on all of our social media platforms. As always, notify the police department immediately if you see a crime in progress.