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Crime Trackers: Marana PD busts mail theft ring that uses juveniles

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An organized theft ring that recruited and used juveniles has been busted.

Marana police said the thieves operated from Marana, Sahuarita, Green Valley and Las Vegas, where their luck ran out.

Under the bright lights of Las Vegas, some Tucsonans were allegedly committing some shady crimes. 

“This individual was trying to cash some stolen checks from Arizona up there in Las Vegas,” said MPD Det. Mike Torres.

He said the group was stealing checks  from mailboxes in a retirement community in August. The thieves would look for the mailboxes with the red flag up. 

“An officer [that] responded out there actually wound up finding the envelopes strewn down Silverbell, going all the way down to Avra Valley,” said Torres.

The suspects gambled  by documenting their activities on social media.  Detectives had a lead. 

“Based on the guy we're looking at on a social media network, he winds up posting a video of himself and another buddy in a U-Haul truck,” said Torres. That same truck was seen by residents near the mailboxes.

The thieves also documented their road trip to Las Vegas on social media. They even mentioned what hotel they would be staying at while on the Las Vegas strip.

Marana police alerted Las Vegas Metro police to be on the lookout. They arrested John Guerrero and Anthony Bejarano.

A mail theft victim claimed he placed a $41 check into his mailbox made out to one of the utility companies. The next day, the bank called him and asked him if he had written a $741 check.

Ed Bechan said the bank in Tolleson gave him the name of the juvenile trying to cash the check.  He said he didn’t know the  juvenile, who was later arrested.

Torres said the group would recruit juveniles and have them go into the banks to cash the checks because they knew nothing would happen to the juveniles. Their records are sealed until they are 18 years old. 

Mark Knezevich said he has had several neighbors whose mail has been stolen. He's thrilled police have made arrests. 

“I think it’s great, they ought to throw the book at them,” said Knezevich.

Sahuarita police and federal agents with the U.S. Postal Service also helped in the investigation.

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