A man wanted in Colusa County on a bad check charge was arrested on Thursday in connection with the recent vandalism and mail theft at the Princeton Post Office.
Joshua Pelfrey, 41, of Gridley, was arrested by the Colusa County Detective Unit on two felony warrants alleging burglary and identity theft, according to a press release issued by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office.
Pelfrey has a history of petty theft crimes in Colusa and Butte County, court records indicate. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Aug. 25 after he failed to appear in Colusa County court on the bad check charge.
Colusa County Assistant Sheriff, Michael Bradwell, said during the month of September, there were three separate burglaries at the Princeton Post Office, where several post office boxes were damaged and a large amount of mail was stolen.
Bradwell said the detective assigned to the case was able to acquire enough information from surveillance cameras at the post office to identify Pelfrey as a suspect and obtain a warrant to search a residence in the 100 block of W. Liberty Road, in Gridley.
“While serving the warrant at the residence, the investigators located a large amount of mail belonging to victims from the Princeton Post Office burglaries,” Bradwell said.
The investigators reportedly located mail also belonging to victims from Oroville, Gridley, Live Oak and Yuba City, and mail belonging to victims in the Colusa area, including several on River Road.
In connection to his arrest, Pelfrey is also facing charges in Butte County for possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and forgery, after methamphetamine, firearms, and other items were seized during the search, the press release states.
At the time of his arrest, Pelfrey was wanted in Butte County on petty theft charges, where a warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court on Sept. 18, court records indicate.
Following his arrest on Thursday, Pelfrey was booked into the Colusa County Jail.
The victims related to the investigation will be contacted as detectives process the evidence and follow additional leads, Bradwell said.
Anyone with information related to the case are asked to contact the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office of 458-0200. ♣