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2/18/2013 10:47:00 PM
Alleged mail theft lands Prescott man in jail

Prescott police booked David Leon Duran, 30, of Prescott into the Yavapai County Jail on Friday on felony charges of third-degree burglary after he told an officer that he took mail from several mailboxes on Willow Creek Road.

At 1:05 a.m., an officer saw a man walking on Whipple Street near Division Street with a handful of mail.

Earlier that night, the officer had seen the man, later identified as Duran, walking in the 3100 block of Willow Creek Road with no mail in his hands, so the officer stopped Duran to talk with him.

Duran dropped the mail on the ground, told the officer, "It's not my mail," and said that he took it from some mailboxes as he walked home from a friend's house.

The officer smelled alcohol on Duran's breath, and Duran said he'd been drinking at his friend's house so he decided to walk home.

When the officer asked why he took the mail, Duran said he was looking for coupons to save money on groceries, but the officer noticed the mail included items from Yavapai Regional Medical Center, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, an Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System enrollment card, a Verizon Wireless bill, and a credit card statement, according to the police report.

An officer took Duran to jail, and the mail was taken to the Prescott Police Station for owners to pick up.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: Just Sayin'

That may also explain the damage done to mailboxes in that same area over the last year...We lived in that area for several years, but had a p.o. box for our mail, because of suspicious activity around the mailbox along the road. Be alert!

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