CLEVELAND, OH – A stolen semi-truck that hosted a GoPro camera inside managed to catch some images of the thieves that broke into the vehicle, and now police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying those featured in the images.
On July 29th, a semi-truck was stolen from the JP Logistics located at 3700 block of Valley Road in Cleveland. During the theft, a GoPro camera owned by the victim in the case managed to capture some images and video of those involved in the theft.
During the video that caught the thieves in the act, the suspects were seen digging through the vehicle’s trailer and then proceeding to drive the vehicle to a parking lot at a nearby grocery store. Luckily, the truck was later recovered, but the suspects involved are still at large.
Anyone who has information on the identities or whereabouts of those featured in the images are asked to contact Detective Murphy at 216-623-5217 or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.
Meanwhile, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, police are also trying to identify a suspect they say is connected to five cases of arson that occurred in August of this year.
On August 19th, Harrisburg Police say that a series of five fires were set throughout the city just shortly after midnight. Authorities shared a surveillance image of a suspect they believe to be responsible for said fires.
The suspect featured in the image appears to be an African American male, who was wearing a black shirt with white lettering and black shorts at the time of the incidents.
The fires were reportedly set within the areas of Mulberry, Market Evergreen, Zarker, and 13th streets in Allison Hill that evening. Buildings that were damaged by said fires were said to have been either abandoned at the time when the fires were set.
Despite said abandoned status, at least one woman was reported as sleeping inside one of the vacant buildings at the time one of the fires was set. However, she was said to have been able to escape without injury.
Anyone with information on the case or suspect is asked to contact the Harrisburg Police with said information.
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In California, both police and the USPS are looking for a suspect of their own.
A strange occurrence transpired recently in Glendale, California where piles of mail were seemingly dumped in two separate locations.
Massive bags of mail mysteriously dumped in Southern California — and one dump was caught on camera https://t.co/FKf926HhiP
— Michone Moore (@MichoneMoore) September 9, 2020
While the USPS is saying that they weren’t the culprits, video evidence was captured of at least one of the sites of the dumping where a rental truck was carrying said mail.
With the ongoing national conversation regarding the reliability of the USPS being able to handle mail-in ballots for the upcoming national election, this incident from September 3rd is not doing anything good for the mail carrier’s image.
Piles of mail were dumped in two separate locations in Glendale, California — and the postal union says that its members were not involved. https://t.co/08OcEIUlmF
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 9, 2020
Glendale Police Department Sgt. Christian Hauptmann says that the first of the two mail discarding incidents was said to have been reported at approximately 7:00 a.m. within the 1000 block of Allen Avenue.
Just about two hours after that reported incident, police were notified of the second dumping of mail within the 1600 block of Glenoaks Boulevard.
Surveillance video had captured the second incident, which the mail was dumped in a rear alley outside of the 7Q Spa Laser & Aesthetics.
In the video, you can see someone in a large Budget rental truck back into an area, open the sliding back door of the moving truck and start tossing several bags of U.S. mail on the ground and driving off.
One of the owners of the spa, Lilia Serobian, spoke about the incident with a local news crew:
“It happened early in the morning, 5:40, and it was a Budget rental — big truck — that backed up to the parking lot. And they’re like, slowly, one by one, they’re dropping the packages.”
While it is unclear if both discovered piles of mail were dumped by the same truck, the two locations were approximately one mile apart.
Reportedly, Postal Service investigators are currently looking into the matter and actively trying to determine which local post office these pieces of mail may have come from.
Not to mention, they’re also trying to ascertain who it was that rented the truck used in the scandal.
Omar Gonzalez, the Western Regional Coordinator for the American Postal Workers Union, commented on the investigation as well. Gonzalez explained that based upon the bags seen in the surveillance video, it appears that the mail dumped appeared to be bulk mail shipments.
Gonzalez further noted that they reached out to upper management in Glendale regarding the fiasco:
“We talked to the Glendale supervisor and the Glendale manager and asked from where the contractors would have received the bags. That’s when they responded, telling us the Union should not speak about it.”
What’s currently uncertain is whether the mail was intended to be transferred to the Glendale post office or if it was departing from Glendale and scheduled for delivery to the intended recipients.
However, what is certain is that if the mail was intended to be brought to Glendale’s post office for sorting, then it is supposed to be in a USPS truck and taken to a processing center.
"If it's outgoing, we don't know how it got into the Budget truck," Gonzalez said.
— HypocrisySucks (@hypocrisy_sucks) September 9, 2020
But even if it was outgoing mail, Gonzalez still doesn’t know how it managed to get inside of that rental truck:
“If it’s outgoing, we don’t know how it got into the Budget truck.”
Nonetheless, the mail bags have been recovered and will be delivered – albeit with likely delays if there were intended promissory delivery dates, according to Gonzalez. Local police are also assisting with the investigation as well to determine what happened.
Matters like this case, when it pertains to stealing or tampering with mail, falls under 18 U.S. Code § 1708 – which is a federal offense. If someone is convicted under said statute, they could face up to five years in federal prison and suffer fines as well.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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