Packages Stolen After Woman Hands Mail Carrier Letter to Santa Before Robbery in Riverside County; 2 Sought

The 6300 block of William Avenue in Jurupa Valley is seen in this Google Maps image.

The 6300 block of William Avenue in Jurupa Valley is seen in this Google Maps image.

Authorities are searching for a man and a woman who robbed a U.S. Postal Office worker of packages in Jurupa Valley over the weekend, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

Just before 2:45 p.m. Saturday, the mail carrier was in the 6300 block of William Avenue when he or she was approached by a woman who handed over a letter addressed to “Santa Clause North Pole,” according to a sheriff’s news release.

The woman then sprayed the mail carrier with some type of chemical irritant. After, she removed packages from the postal employee’s vehicle while a man physically assaulted the victim, sheriff’s officials said.

Both fled the scene in a white Ford SUV, described as either an Explorer or Expedition.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Deputies searched the area for the man and woman, but were unable to locate them.

Authorities described the female suspect as white, about 30 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a thin build and dark-colored, long hair. The male suspect was about 45 years old, white or Hispanic, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed approximately 190 pounds, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.