Mother and Daughter, Mail Thieves Arrested

Date:   July 24, 2018, 6:09 P.M.
Location:  Sacky Park Neighborhood
Offense: Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information  2nd Degree Felony
Case #: 1807240107

A person who wished to remain anonymous called the police to report that two females in a gray Cadillac SUV were going mailbox to mailbox in the Sacky Park neighborhood stealing mail from the mailboxes.   Officers swarmed the area but did not locate the suspect vehicle.

Senior Officer Michael Wertanen followed up on a possible license plate of the suspect vehicle and located the vehicle and the offenders at a residence in 4600 block of Cheryl Drive.  The offenders were in possession of mail belonging to more than 20 individuals from over 15 different addresses.

The offenders were identified as 51-year-old Lillian Martinez Patlan and 35-year-old Denise Nicole Livas.  They told police that they were mother and daughter.  They were arrested and booked for Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information  2nd Degree Felony, a second-degree felony.



Lillian Martinez Patlan


Denise Nicole Livas


Some tips from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on preventing theft from curbside mailboxes:

  • Use a locking mailbox
  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.