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Two Bay Area residents were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing mail in the Green Point area of Novato, a Marin County sheriff’s lieutenant said. More than 10 victims reported mail theft, and there have been two residential burglaries in the area as recently as Monday, Lt. Barry Heying said. A sheriff’s deputy noticed a gray 2008 Dodge Charger in the area around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Heying said. The car was registered to an address in Hercules. The deputy saw a man and a woman in the car ducking down to escape notice, and found mail stolen from Novato and Vallejo inside the car, Heying said. There were also bolt cutters, wire cutters and car keys that had been shaved down in a manner commonly used by car thieves, Heying said. The man, later identified as 38-year-old Troy Gabriel Brown, of Vallejo, said he was visiting from New York and gave a false name, according to Heying. Both suspects gave conflicting stories about why they were in the neighborhood, sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies contacted the residents targeted in the thefts, who confirmed that the mail in the car had been stolen, Heying said. Brown was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy, giving false identification and violation of probation. The woman, Simone Aguilar, 40, of Hercules, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy, Heying said.
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