Tehachapi Police have made an arrest in the burglary of the Tehachapi Post Office earlier this week and are seeking a second teenager who they have identified as a "person of interest" in the matter.
According to Police Chief Jeff Kermode, the local police have been working with the Postal Inspector since the burglary was reported at about 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Upon arrival at the post office that morning, officers found that forced entry had been made into several of the parcel boxes, which are intended for delivery of items that are too large for the regular post office boxes. It did not appear that any of the regular post office boxes had been tampered with, Kermode said.
Based upon a joint investigation with the US Postal Inspection Service, two persons of interest were indentified in regard to the burglary. Both persons of interest were 16 year old males who reside in the Tehachapi area.
At about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, a Tehachapi police officer saw one of the persons of interest in an alley in the 200 block of W “I” St. The teenager had also been reported as a missing person and was on probation for a prior arrest. After contacting the teenager, the officer found that he was in possession of a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
The teenager was arrested on narcotics charges and then interviewed by TPD and a Postal Inspector who were able to confirm his participation in the Post Office burglary. The teenager was booked into Kern County Juvenile Hall on felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Additional charges related to the Post Office burglary and second burglary are pending.
TPD and the US Postal Service are continuing their efforts to locate the second person of interest. TPD appreciates the cooperation displayed by the US Postal Inspection Service during this investigation, Kermode said.