A Gridley man has been arrested by connection to multiple burglary incidents at the Princeton Post Office.
According to Colusa County Assistant Sheriff Mike Bradwell, there have been three separate burglaries at the Princeton Post Office in September, where several post office boxes were damaged and large amounts of mail were taken.
The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Unit was assigned to the case to conduct surveillance of the facility, said Bradwell, and were able to acquire enough information to identify Joshua Pelfrey, 41, as a suspect.
The Detective Unit obtained a search warrant and, along with members of the Colusa County Task Force and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, executed the search warrant at a residence within the 100 block of W. Liberty Road in Gridley on Sept. 24.
“While serving the warrant at the residence the investigators located a large amount of mail belonging to victims from the Princeton Post Office burglaries,” said Bradwell.
According to Bradwell, investigators located mail belonging to victims from Oroville, Gridley, Live Oak and Yuba City in addition to mail belonging to victims in the Colusa area - including several addresses on River Road.
Methamphetamine, firearms and other items of interest related to the investigation were also seized while conducting the search warrant, said Bradwell.
Pelfrey was arrested and charged with burglary and identity theft and booked into the Colusa County Jail with a bail of $85,000.
He also had two felony warrants at the time of his arrest.
Bradwell said additional charges will be recommended in Butte County for possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property and forgery.
“The victims related to the investigation will be contacted as the detectives process the evidence and follow additional leads,” said Bradwell.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office at 458-0200.