Ten arrests made; reward up to $150,000

OAKLAND — Federal officials are now offering $150,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrests of people who target mail carriers, following a surge in such cases in the Bay Area.

The sizable increase in reward money increase comes as authorities announced charges of mail theft against two East Bay residents, bringing to 10 the total number of Bay Area residents recently charged with crimes involving the postal service or its workers.

At a Tuesday press conference at the Oakland federal building, U.S. Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey of the Northern District of California said the latest people charged are a 19-year-old Antioch resident and a 33-year-old Oakland resident found with stolen keys to help them steal mail. Four others who were indicted, including an American Canyon man, were charged with unlawful possession of mail keys, Ramsey said.