Police arrest suspect in mailbox, home, and business burglaries

31-year-old Joel Nunez was arrested and charged.
Posted at 11:00 AM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-02 14:23:38-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — On Tuesday the Bakersfield police arrested a man in connection to a series of business and residential burglaries, as well as the theft of mail from a community mailbox.

According to the BPD, 31-year-old Joel Nunez was stopped in the area of Ming Avenue and Stine Road. The vehicle he was driving had been previously connected to a home burglary that happened on January 30th in the 13000 block of Pemberley Passage Avenue. A search of the vehicle turned up stolen property, burglary tools, and stolen mail.

"The property was linked to a business burglary and two residential burglary offenses. Officers determined that the large amount of mail had been stolen from a community mailbox in the area of Heath Road and Johnson Road," said a statement from the BPD.

Nunez was on AB 109 post-release community supervision. He was arrested on multiple counts of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and false identification to a peace officer.

Officers delivered the mail to the residences of the mail theft victims.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.

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What is AB 109 Post-Release Community Supervision?

In April 2011, the California Legislature and Governor Brown passed sweeping public safety legislation (AB 109) that effectively shifted responsibility for certain populations of offenders from the state to the counties. Assembly Bill 109 establishes the California Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011 which allows for current non-violent, non-serious, and non-sex offenders, who after they are released from California State prison, are to be supervised at the local County level. Instead of reporting to state parole officers, these offenders are to report to local county probation officers.

AB 109 is fashioned to meet the U.S. Supreme Court Order to reduce the prison population of the State’s 33 prisons. Noteworthy is the fact that no inmates currently in state prison will be transferred to county jails or released early. The law, effective October 1, 2011 also mandates that individuals sentenced to non‐serious, non‐violent or non‐sex offenses will serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prison.

The Post-Release Community Supervision Act of 2011 requires the County’s post-Release supervision strategy be consistent with Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) to reduce recidivism (Penal Code 3450). As a result, the Probation Department implemented and continues to strengthen its program model to be consistent with EBP research.