Orinda police detectives were able to post a satisfying victory in their seemingly endless effort combatting package thieves and mail raiders last week – digging up sufficient evidence to arrest a 27-year-old Antioch man after an earlier incident at Wilder.
Police said Eric Meals was allegedly captured on video while burglarizing mailboxes at the development. Chief Mark Nagel said Meals was able to get away that night but that detectives, working from the video and a description of the car used, tracked Meals to his home city and took him into custody.
Nagel said Meals had an outstanding arrest warrant out for him, as well, when he was arrested Dec. 21. The chief credited the “good work” of detectives with bringing Meals to justice.