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Police seek mailbox vandal
Postal carrier sees man rush off after caught drilling into unit
Theft suspect
Ceres Police released this photo snapped on Central Avenue of a female driver who drove a male away from a suspicious scene on Jan. 5. The male sitting in the passenger seat was seen by a Ceres Post Office letter carrier drilling into a lock of a cluster mail box unit. When asked what he was doing, the man said that a friend had lost his key. The man abruptly left and climbed in this Jeep Cherokee. Her identity is key to the investigation and should be reported to 538-5745. - photo by Courtesy of Ceres Police

Ceres Police Department has released a photo of a woman seen driving away from the scene of mailbox tampering, possibly in an attempt to steal mail.

A postal letter carrier drove up to a cluster mail box in the 3700 block of Central Avenue at 4:24 p.m. on Jan. 5. He saw a man drilling into a lock mechanism on the front. He asked the man, who was a Hispanic man with black hair, wearing a white T-shirt, standing about 5-foot-10, and weighing about 200 pounds, what he was doing. He replied that his friend had lost a key to the box. The suspect quickly walked across the street to an awaiting black Jeep Cherokee driven by a woman and they took off.
The postal carrier snapped a photo of the driver as they took off.

The case is currently vandalism to a mailbox but detectives want to question them as persons of interest in a possible mail theft case.

Anyone who knows the woman's identity is urged to call Ceres Police Detectives at 538-5745.