South Pasadena Police pursuing a speeding motorist on the 110 freeway early Saturday morning stopped a woman wanted for grand theft auto and allegedly discovered a cache of suspicious items in the car —including hundreds of pieces of apparently stolen U.S. mail and blank credit cards.
Corporal Craig Phillips said that at about 2:30 this morning a South Pasadena officer saw a white BMW speeding at over 80 miles per hour northbound on the 110 freeway.
Giving chase, the officer executed a traffic stop. The woman driver was found to have an outstanding felony warrant for Grand Theft Auto.
An inventory search of the rented BMW found over 200 pieces of U.S. mail not addressed to the driver, which the officer believed to be stolen.
Officers also allegedly found dozens of blank credit cards, a credit card embossing machine, multiple mailbox keys for multi-unit housing complexes, several stolen driver’s licenses and other tools commonly used to commit theft, Phillips said.
The U.S. Postal inspection service, Pasadena field office, was notified of the arrest and investigators are responding to South Pasadena. Postal inspectors will assume the lead of this large investigation.
South Pasadena Police identified the suspect as Marissa Rae Delgado, 28, a Highland Park area resident.
Delgado was arrested and booked for grand theft auto, identity theft and other outstanding charges.