Traffic stop leads to suspected mailbox burglar

Hemet Police Crime Suppression Unit sniffs out trouble

Photos by Hemet Police Department
Police discovered a cache of contraband when they stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic infraction.

■ Chronicle News Service

Alert Hemet Police detectives who spotted a vehicle with a minor traffic violation uncovered what appears to have been a string of mailbox burglaries.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Hemet Police Department Crime Suppression detectives were patrolling in the area of Florida and Tahquitz avenues when they observed a black 2018 Jeep Compass with no front license plate.

Police identified this man as Bradley Henry who was arrested in connection with illegal drugs and stealing mail out of mailboxes, police said.

Officers conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver to be holding a small quantity heroin and some drug paraphernalia. Police arrested the driver for the drug violations and then searched his vehicle. What they found would make any homeowner cringe. Inside the car was a mailbox master key – apparently homemade – more than 100 pieces of U.S. mail, and about 175 checks, credit cards, gift cards, and California drivers licenses.
Detectives contacted the area’s local U.S. Postal Inspector and informed him of the results of the police investigation. Following that, police booked into jail the driver of the Jeep, identified by police only as Bradley Henry, for investigation of illegal drugs, theft, and possession of burglary tools.
The Hemet Police Department Crime Suppression Unit is made up of three detectives and a supervisor. They focus their efforts on specific crimes like prostitution, drug-related offenses, and help with major investigations by bridging the gap between the Hemet Police Investigations Bureau and Patrol Division. Oftentimes they work undercover so they get scant recognition but are an effective anti-crime force in the Hemet area. Staffing for the unit was made possible through funding by Measure U.

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