News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Police Arrest Two in Possession of Stolen Mail; Third Suspect At Large
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – After an alert resident called police to report possible mail theft in progress at about 3:30 a.m. earlier this month, officers arrested two of the three suspects after they crashed their car and fled on foot.  The third suspect remains outstanding.

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at about 3:39 a.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call from a resident in the 400 block of Monroe Drive reporting a possible theft of mail in progress.  The witness observed a person get dropped off by a vehicle, and then saw that person checking mailboxes along the street.  The witness provided a vehicle description.

A patrol officer arriving in the area a short time later observed the car (a white 1995 Nissan Pathfinder) leaving the neighborhood and attempted to make a vehicle stop.  After driving slowly for a few blocks, the car eventually stopped on Miller Avenue at San Antonio Road in Mountain View.  As the officer got out of his police car, the suspect vehicle then accelerated away at a high rate of speed, initially driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of San Antonio Road before crossing back into the eastbound lanes and continuing east.  No vehicle pursuit occurred.

The officer then noticed a small plume of dust and smoke, and discovered the suspect vehicle had crashed into the concrete divider on the off-ramp from eastbound San Antonio Road to southbound Central Expressway.  As the officer went to investigate, the three occupants all ran from the car.  Police were able to chase and catch two of the three suspects (a woman and a man), but the third suspect (the male driver) got away despite an extensive area search with a police dog.  No one was injured during the collision or arrests.  The suspect vehicle sustained moderate front end damage as a result of the collision.

A search of the suspect vehicle yielded items that appeared to have been stolen from a few residential mailboxes in Atherton and Menlo Park.  Officers did not locate any stolen mail from Palo Alto.  The female suspect had in her possession a driver license belonging to a woman from Menlo Park and a cell phone belonging to a man from Redwood City.  Police contacted the rightful owners of those items and determined they had been stolen or lost.  The female suspect also initially lied to police about her identity to conceal the fact that she was a parolee at large.  The male suspect, who was the owner of the suspect vehicle, had in his possession a passport belonging to a man from East Palo Alto, but officers could not reach the owner to determine if the passport had been lost or stolen.

Police booked 30-year-old Yesenia Molina, a person with no permanent residence address, and 46-year-old Luis Gregorio Calvillo of East Palo Alto into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.  Molina, who is on active parole for threatening a witness with force or violence, was booked for a felony parole violation, a misdemeanor possession of stolen property, misdemeanor providing a false identity to police, misdemeanor misappropriation of lost property, and resisting arrest (for running from the police).  Calvillo, who is on active probation for grand theft in San Mateo County, was booked for a felony probation violation, misdemeanor mail theft, misdemeanor misappropriation of lost property, and resisting arrest (for running from the police).  Booking photos of both suspects are attached.

The third suspect remains unidentified at this time, but police are continuing to investigate the case in an attempt to identify him.  Officers also contacted the United States Postal Inspection Service, whose inspectors will be conducting their own investigation into the mail theft incidents.

Officers have already contacted or left messages for the mail theft victims in this case.  If you believe you've been the victim of mail theft, please contact your local law enforcement agency for advice on how to proceed.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or