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Early Rising Clovis Police Nab Three Mail-Theft Suspects

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In January, Clovis has had 50 reports of mail or package theft. (Shutterstock)
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Clovis detectives went to work before sunrise to nab three mail-theft suspects Sunday morning.

Reacting to 50 reports of mail and package theft in January, the Clovis Police Department assembled a special detail.

The First Arrests

Detectives arrested Mailee Xiong, 34, of Clovis and Xai Xiong, 31, of Fresno for theft of mail, and having burglary tools around 4:30 a.m.

The arrests came after detectives noticed their car at a community mailbox near Buchanan High School, police said in a news release.

Officers arrested the pair after pulling them over for alleged vehicle code violations.

The Second Arrest

About 5 a.m., police arrested Deandre Eugene Smith, 37, near Gettysburg and Villa avenues. Officers booked him into Fresno County Jail for mail theft, possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance. His bail totals $8.500.

How to Protect Your Mail

“We urge you to be vigilant, and collect your mail daily, sign up for ‘Informed Delivery” which is a free service offered by USPS, report mail theft to us when it occurs, and call us to report suspicious activity immediately, 24 hours a day,” police officials said.

You can sign up for Informed Delivery at this link.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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