A 46-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday as part of a Pleasanton police investigation into several thefts of mail from the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood.
According to police, a neighbor saw someone rummaging through another neighbor's mailbox and immediately called police.
At a later time, police received a report from a citizen about a suspicious person holding a screwdriver and milling around a vehicle in the Lucky parking lot on West Las Positas Boulevard. The witness provided a detailed description of the man, said police.
Officers arrived at the scene and detained Joseph Abeyta, whom authorities said has residences in Santa Clara and Modesto.
Officers recognized Abeyta from the witness description from the earlier theft and both witnesses allegedly identified him as the culprit.
Police allege that a search of Abeyta's vehicle led to the discovery of stolen property that included mail and other items that had been left on porches earlier in the day.
According to police, more than a dozen victims have been identified, many from Pleasanton, and the remaining from the greater Bay Area region.
Abeyta was arrested on suspicion of theft, possession of stolen property and counterfeit currency.
Anyone with information about this incident, or who live in the area of the crime and might be missing mail, can call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.