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Kern County Sheriff's Office - Public Information Officer
Tuesday February 19th, 2019 :: 11:13 a.m. PST

Advisory

UPDATE: ARRESTS MADE. Kern County Sheriff’s Office arrests two people for a large amount of mail thefts in the Rosamond area.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office arrests two people for a large amount of mail thefts in the Rosamond area.

Deputies from Rosamond and Mojave checked the area of Janine Ave in Rosamond to serve warrants for two suspects.

A deputy saw the suspect vehicle parked, and encountered the female suspect, 24-year-old Vanessa Navaro, outside of the vehicle.

The second suspect, 24-year-old Austin Smith, was in the vehicle, but refused to respond.

Smith was on probation for weapons charges and assault.

Smith had four warrants for his arrest, including a felony no-bail warrant out of Los Angeles County.

Additional deputies were called to the location, and residences were evacuated near the vehicle.

Smith was distraught and had been calling family and saying goodbye while smoking methamphetamine in the vehicle.

After half an hour of no answer, deputies used a pole to break the front window.

Smith then complied without further incident.

Inside the vehicle, deputies found more than 100 blank checks, multiple credit cards, tax forms, a birth certificates and multiple ID’s of people, mainly from Lancaster.

Smith was arrested without further incident, and both him and Navaro were arrested for multiple charges, and the postal service will request additional federal charges.

Case# 2019-00026019

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Deputies believe the two suspects in photos may be responsible for the majority of recent mailbox thefts in that area.

Credit cards were stolen from mailboxes in Rosamond, and used at the Palmdale Walmart.

The suspects were driving a newer silver Buick Verano.

The vehicle and suspect pictures are attached. Case#2018-00197462

If you have any information you are asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 661-861-3110.

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Kern County Sheriff's Office - Public Information Officer
1350 Norris Rd
Bakersfield, CA 93308

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