Police Bulletin: Pair arrested in identity-theft case

Duo found with sack of USPS mail, post office keys, police say

Pleasanton police arrested two people on suspicion of identity theft and possession of burglary tools after they were allegedly found with the tools, a sack of U.S Postal Service mail and a ring of post office keys.

Andrew Michael Diaz, 36, of Antioch, and 21-year-old Casey Joe Whitlatch, whose residence was not released, were arrested near the intersection of Las Lomitas Drive and Oak Circle and booked into Santa Rita Jail early Friday morning.

A Pleasanton police officer who'd been patrolling the area pulled them over and searched the car after he smelled marijuana, police stated.

The officer found a bag full of mail that didn't belong to Diaz and Whitlatch, credit cards, check books and notebooks full of handwritten names and social security numbers, according to police reports. Police said they also found black gloves, a flashlight and a ring of 51 postal service keys.

Diaz and Whitlatch also had cases pending for identity theft and possession of stolen property, police stated.

A copy of the investigation report was sent to the U.S. postal inspector, police stated.

As of Monday, Whitlatch was being held in lieu of $235,000 bail, and Diaz was being held in lieu of $340,000 bail.

In other police news

* Pleasanton police are investigating after a small fire outside Foothill High School singed some bushes.

A small fire was set around 10 p.m. on Oct. 4, and the school's head custodian found burnt, smoldering bushes and charred posters and trash the next morning, police said. The fire didn't cause any structural damage to the high school.

A surveillance camera recorded the incident, and police were investigating one person as of Monday, police stated.


2 people like this
Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 16, 2015 at 7:54 am

Thanks PPD!!!!!!!!!!!

2 people like this
Posted by Damon
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Oct 16, 2015 at 8:02 am

Great job, PPD. Hope that word gets around among criminals that Pleasanton is not an easy target.

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