Affidavit: Man caught on camera stealing from more than 50 mail boxes

Juan Santiago Benavides, 50, charged with mail theft

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police say they’ve caught up with a man who was caught on camera stealing from dozens of mail boxes at a local apartment complex.

Juan Santiago Benavides, 50, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of mail theft.

An arrest warrant affidavit said police identified Benavides through surveillance video.

It says it shows him breaking into two large cluster mail boxes at an apartment complex in the 3700 block of Medical Drive on May 30, then stealing mail from 55 individual mail boxes.

The affidavit said he then dumped the mail into a laundry basket and drove off with it.

Cameras also captured the licensee plate number on the car.

Police said they recognized Benavides because they had already linked him to another mail box theft which happened two days prior.

If you recognize the pictured individual regarding other mail thefts, contact the Prue Property Crimes Unit at 210-207-8326.

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