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Thieves take mail from flooded Highland homes

January 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Two thieves were caught stealing mail from homes of evacuees who were forced to leave their homes in Highland due to flooding from recent storms.

A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was on patrol early Tuesday morning and noticed a woman and a teenager pull into a driveway of a home that was partially buried in mud.

The deputy confronted the two and found that the woman, Amanda Nieblas, 35, had numerous outstanding warrants.

When the deputy searched her car, he found burglary tools and mail belonging to evacuated homeowners. The 17-year-old boy was cited and released to a parent.

Some of the stolen mail belonged to homes along Autumn Chase Drive, Cherokee Rose Drove and Streater Avenue. The mail has been returned to the rightful homeowners.

"The vehicle pulled into the driveway and something about the way the people acted and the vehicle being there raised suspicion," said Arden Wiltshire, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

News of the thefts made some upset.

"They're low-lives," said Highland homeowner Leticia Zbrzyski. "When people go through like what's happening here and there's looky-loos that keep coming by and coming by, it's just kind of disappointing."

Nieblas was held on $425,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this crime or witnessed a similar crime in the area is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department at (800) 782-7463.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.