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Fraud and Mail Theft Arrest

On Monday 4/5/2021 at approximately 4:00 a.m., a Yuba County Sheriff Deputy arrested 30-year-old Samuel Smiley of Oroville after finding him in possession of stolen mail in a vehicle near the intersection of Wilcox Ranch Rd and Casa Dulce Way in Plumas Lake. Smiley was previously arrested by YCSO in Plumas Lake for similar crimes on March 8, 2021.

Just before 4:00 a.m. this date, Yuba County Sheriff Deputies on patrol in Plumas Lake made contact with two occupants sleeping in a vehicle at Wilcox Ranch Blvd and Casa Dulce Way. The license plate on the vehicle was reported stolen and did not match the VIN number of the vehicle. One of the occupants in the vehicle was on probation for theft, and a search of the vehicle was conducted that revealed items of stolen property and several sets of mailbox keys. A stolen driver’s license was located in Samuel Smiley’s possession and after contacting the victim, it was determined that it was used fraudulently by Smiley to open a casino player’s account.

Smiley was booked into the Yuba County Jail for possession of stolen property, identity theft, fraud, possession of burglary tools, and conspiracy. US Postal Inspector’s Office was notified of the case.

Case #21-001304