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Suisun police warn about mail thieves squatting in foreclosed homes

By From page A3 | April 04, 2012

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City police are asking residents and Neighborhood Watch groups to be on the lookout for a group of squatters who are taking over foreclosed homes as part of a mail and ID theft ring.

Police are investigating a group of local and out-of-town suspects who are suspected of moving into foreclosed homes illegally, first on Anderson Drive, then Kinsmill Drive and, most recently, Eider Lane to steal mail from surrounding homes, according to Suisun City Police Sgt. Ted Stec.

It all started a couple of months ago when police entered the house on Anderson Drive after getting a call and finding a significant amount of stolen mail and property. People found at the house were arrested and police are now looking for others. A similar situation was found on Kinsmill Drive, where the squatters lied to neighbors, saying they had secured a rental contract.

Handwritten notes found at one home listed locations of foreclosed homes in the area, according to Stec. Police also recovered drugs and stolen vehicles.

“Just yesterday, we found a new location (Eider Lane). What we found was consistent with the first and second locations,” Stec said.

A representative of the bank that owned the home was checking on it when he ran into two men in the house who threatened him. He left and called police. The two men fled before police arrived.

Suisun City police are working with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and U.S. postal inspectors. Several suspects have been arrested and cases are pending, Stec said.

The warning Tuesday from police asked residents to pay attention to vacant homes and if a group moves in to a residence that is vacant, appeared abandoned, not ready to rent and not shown by real estate agents, “do not be afraid to give us a call if it doesn’t look right,” Stec said.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected]

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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