Man Arrested for Multiple Thefts at Ontario Post Office | Local News
ONTARIO – A 36-year-old man from Boise is currently incarcerated in the Malheur County Jail, where he was charged with 14 counts after his arrest on May 23 on suspicion of breaking and entering post office boxes in the Ontario post office.
David Daniel Pero was remanded in custody on a $ 100,000 guarantee following his indictment on May 24 before Malheur County Circuit Court Judge Lung Hung, who also appointed Gary Kiyuna to the Pero’s consulting post.
According to a press release issued Wednesday by the US Postal Inspection Service, the investigation was started by postal inspectors and the Ontario Police Department after several burglaries were reported in March.
After interviewing the victims, investigators “identified suspects negotiating stolen checks from post office boxes in Ontario post offices.”
Ontario police caught up with Pero at a traffic stop in May, when he was seen parked outside the Ontario post office “late in the evening,” the statement said. The traffic control body camera footage was compared to footage from a video of a person breaking into PO boxes just 15 minutes from the police who arrested Pero. Investigators noticed several similarities in the clothing, the statement said.
As such, a search warrant was obtained and postal inspectors and OPD officers found “evidence linking Pero” to the break-ins.
Police and postal inspectors are continuing their investigation. It is currently not known how many victims lost in checks or property, however, there are currently $ 2,789 listed in restitution for three victims.
The mother of one of the victims contacted the newspaper on Friday, saying her “disabled daughter lost nearly, if not more, $ 1,000 in merchandise paid for with her disability money in the incident that has lasted for more than $ 1,000. a weekend.
“She is extremely depressed about this because she not only did not have the merchandise, she lost the money it took to purchase these items,” she wrote.
A grand jury indicted Pero on 14 counts on May 27 and he was arraigned on that indictment on May 28 by Hung. According to court records, Pero faces four counts of first degree burglary, a Class A felony; and 10 Class C felonies, including one count of first degree criminal mischief, five counts of mail theft or receiving stolen mail, one count of identity theft, two counts of first degree forgery and one count of theft in the first degree. The charges indicate that these crimes took place around March 10, March 17, April 6, May 11, May 12, May 14 and May 17.
According to Idaho court records, Pero has a long history of appearing in Idaho courts on various charges, including several felony charges of possession of controlled substances.
A plea hearing is scheduled for Pero on June 16.