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Parolee, Alleged Mail Robber Caught After Backyard Chase Tuesday

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A Pleasant Hill man currently on parole was arrested Tuesday after he was allegedly spotted stealing items from mailboxes on Melillo Drive in Walnut Creek.

Responding officers caught up to Alexander Phillips, 20, on Pleasant Hill Road after he allegedly dropped a package he was carrying at the time and took off – leading police on a chase through several backyards before he was eventually apprehended.

Phillips was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and a parole violation, according to police, and he was booked into Martinez Detention Facility.


  1. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. In today’s society, a locking mailbox is the only answer. Walnut Creek might be considered less affluent than the other cities along the 24/680 corridor, but the more affluent a town is, the higher the rate of identify theft. Some people are more cautious than others. If I get through to “one person,” it’s well worth my time. It could be someone I know…

  2. Supposedly this guy had mail from Orinda Lafayette Alamo at Walnut Creek. It was also an alert resident who called police to say they saw this guy looking into mailboxes.
    It’s also important to be proactive and report suspicious activity to law enforcement and let them check it out , as they want to do.
    Just this week Concord Police found a lot of mail stolen from here in Alamo in an older green beat up car. That car has also been seen suspiciously driving through areas checking mailboxes. Again report suspicious things

  3. Nice catch by the PD. difficult crime to stop and pretty easy to pull off. If people keep alert and protecting themselves these dingos may go somewhere else — for a while at least.

  4. Calling the police and reporting suspicious activity is always a good idea. But being “proactive” would be trying to prevent this from happening in the first place. And the only way to prevent this is to lock them out of your mailbox. They can still break in, but it certainly lessens your chances. You can have street smarts (regardless of socioeconomic status), and people who lack street smarts sadden me. At least uneducated people have an excuse.

    What good does it do to lock them up temporarily (at the taxpayers expense) if they’re going to be out on the street shortly, and back at the same old crimes (if not worse)? With a longer rap sheet, and a harder time getting a job.

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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