CLOVIS, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – A Clovis police officer was alerted to two women stealing a large amount of mail in a neighborhood near Sunnyside and Nees around 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Police said nearby police attempted to check the two women. The suspects did not stop for the officers and a chase began.
Police said during the chase, the suspects threw hundreds of letters out of the vehicle.
The chase passed through North Clovis, the old town of Clovis, and ended on Route 168 at Owens Mountain.
A Clovis police officer used a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) to safely end the chase and stop the suspect vehicle without injuring anyone.
Officers arrested Dallas Johnson and Tara Burcher, both of Fresno, on several counts, including theft of mail, possession of stolen property and burglary tools.
Johnson is currently on parole for the theft of inhabited accommodation and she had an active parole warrant for her arrest. Both were transported to the Fresno County Jail where they were held. The detectives continue to sort the recovered goods and contact the victims.
Clovis police say mail theft is on the rise. The United States Postal Service also offers free services such as Holiday Mail Stops and the USPS Informed Delivery Service, both of which help prevent mail theft.