Two New Jersey residents and one Pennsylvania resident were arrested by Darien Police for alleged mail theft. A Darien Police officer, on heightened alert due to recent incidents, was patrolling the area of the Corbin Drive Post Office at approximately 3 a.m. on Jan. 31. The officer observed a black Toyota Corolla bearing New Jersey license plates driving extremely slowly on Corbin Drive. When the vehicle neared the marked police car, it stopped suddenly and put its blinker on. Given the large number of recent mail thefts, the suspicious operation of the vehicle, and the time of night, the officer conducted an investigatory motor vehicle stop.
The officer made contact with driver later identified as Jeramy Valdez. Also in the vehicle were two additional men, later identified as Carlos Artiles and Yimmy Javier. In plain sight on the rear seat Darien Police said the officer observed several unopened articles of mail with the return address of “Stamford Superior Court.” It appeared that there were additional mail items that were being concealed with clothing in the back seat, police said. When asked where they were going, the males stated they had been in Norwalk and were going home to Patterson, New Jersey, according to police. The officer noted that Corbin Dr. is not a waypoint between those two locations.