Deputies catch South County mail thieves
February 18, 2015
Two alleged identity thieves are in San Luis Obispo County jail after sheriff’s deputies caught them stealing mail and stashing methamphetamine.
Around 10:45 Tuesday, deputies responded to a call about a person stealing on the Nipomo Mesa. Deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle and stopped it near the intersection of Highway 1 and Halcyon Road.
Deputies searching the vehicle found mail from 117 victims, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office news release. Two children and 1.4 grams of marijuana were also in the car.
Deputies arrested Jose Ramirez, Jr, 35, and Angelique Ugalde Ramirez, 32, both of whom are described by the sheriff’s office as Grover Beach transients. The children, ages 2 and 5, are now in the custody of Child Welfare Services.
Detectives searched a Santa Maria motel room where the suspects were staying and found more stolen mail, including bank statements, credit cards and tax statements. Investigators also found materials used to forge checks and approximately 7.6 grams of methamphetamine that was easily accessible by the children.
Both Jose and Angelique Ramirez face charges of identity theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment. Jose Ramirez is also charged with violating his probation.
The Sheriff’s Office is working with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to locate victims of the crimes and to return mail to the owners.