Newspaper delivery driver robs Arroyo Grande home
June 14, 2014
A newspaper delivery driver was arrested for robbing the home of an Arroyo Grande woman while she was on vacation, just days after she informed the local news paper she would be out of town. [SLO New Times]
In January, Jeannie Miranda notified the San Luis Obispo Tribune she would be on vacation, so that her newspaper delivery would be canceled while she was away. A few days into her vacation, Arroyo Grande Police discovered that her home had been burglarized. The thief had taken more than $30,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other valuables.
In late March, a police detective informed Miranda that an Oceano man arrested for burglary in Caldwell, Idaho had one of her suitcases, her business card, and several pawn shop receipts for items taken from her home in his possession.
Officers booked James E. Randall, 42, into the Canyon County Jail for nine burglaries counts, all allegedly committed in Idaho.
Randall later told investigators from the Arroyo Grande Police Department that he works as a fill-in driver for a San Luis Obispo based service that delivers The Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.
On Jan. 31, the same approximate date Miranda’s home was burglarized, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint charging Randall with five counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of second degree commercial burglary, one count of possession of firearm by a felon and one count of possession of ammunition by a felon. He has not yet been charged with the burglary of Miranda’s home.
Following Randall’s prosecution in Idaho, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office plans to extradite him back to the Central Coast.