Two days into their Mail Theft Task Force, the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested an alleged suspect after a high-speed chase involving several law enforcement officers on Thursday, Oct. 15. The arrest also led to the end of an eight-month-long investigation by the Jourdanton Police Department.
In February 2020, the Jourdanton Police Department arrested Domingo Cordova Jr., 21, of Jourdanton for alleged Forgery and Evading Arrest with a Motor Vehicle.
“Evidence gathered at that time led investigators to learn that Cordova was using phone-based apps and software to create and forge checks,” said Jourdanton Police Chief Eric Kaiser. “Additionally, evidence was gathered that Cordova allegedly stole identifying information of individuals and opened lines of credit in their name.”
Last week, JPD obtained an arrest warrant for Cordova who was wanted for alleged Fraudulent Use of Possession of Identifying Information, a second degree felony. Chief Kaiser stated this offense encompasses possessing data, including social security numbers, bank information, biometric data, driver’s license or other government-issued ID data, telecommunication access data or device or name and date of birth of other persons with the intent to harm or defraud.
“For several months, my office has been working on mail theft cases,” said Sheriff Soward. “This past summer, I assigned multiple deputies in areas the mail thefts had occurred for six weeks, but we were unsuccessful in apprehending the suspect. As a result, I created the Mail Theft Task Force last week to condense and coordinate our efforts to apprehend the suspect with Sergeant Gavin Lindsay heading up the force.”
Investigators placed cameras at several rural mailboxes known to be hit in the past. In the early morning of Oct. 15, they received photos from one of the cameras of the alleged suspect, Cordova, in his vehicle at a mailbox.
“Several of my officers knew him really well, so they placed him under surveillance at his residence in Jourdanton,” said Sheriff Soward. “Eventually, he left and took off in a German sports car at speeds over 100 miles per hour. I had responding officers cut back on their speeds for the safety of surrounding traffic, at which point the suspect got away into Pleasanton off FM 3350.”
Sheriff Soward spotted Cordova 30 minutes later heading westbound on Goodwin Street leaving Pleasanton. ACSO deputies attempted to converge on Cordova who took off northbound on Hwy. 16 toward Poteet. DPS troopers attempted to stop him with the use of spikes, but Cordova avoided them. According to Sheriff Soward, Cordova eventually pulled over on the side of the road allegedly admitting to stealing mail in the county. Investigators also allegedly found over 150 pieces of mail in Cordova’s vehicle and residence following his arrest.
Cordova was taken to the Atascosa County Jail where he was charged with alleged Evading Arrest with a Motor Vehicle and Theft of Mail over 30 Addresses, a third-degree felony. He was also charged with alleged Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information by the Jourdanton Police Department. Bonds for Cordova were set at $50,000 for Theft of Mail and $30,000 for Evading Arrest with a Motor Vehicle.
Sheriff Soward said investigators believe additional arrests could be forthcoming and the mail theft investigation is still ongoing. He thanked the Pleasanton, Jourdanton and Poteet Police Departments along with Texas DPS and Constable Pct. 2, 3 and 4 offices for assisting in the pursuit and arrest of Cordova. Chief Kaiser also commended JPD Sgt. Investigator Mari Kaufman and Sgt. Pierce Ruple for their diligent work on this case.