Crime

Man knocked down patron at SLO post office and stole their mail, police say

Christopher Andrew Caples, 45, is accused of robbing someone at the downtown San Luis Obispo post office.
Christopher Andrew Caples, 45, is accused of robbing someone at the downtown San Luis Obispo post office.

A San Luis Obispo man was arrested Monday after police say he knocked over a patron at the downtown post office and stole their mail.

The incident happened about 6:20 p.m. at the post office on Marsh Street, police said, when a man approached someone who was getting mail out of a post office box.

The man, whom police identify as 45-year-old Christopher Andrew Caples, demanded the person’s wallet several times, but the person refused. Caples then knocked the victim to the ground and went through the mail in the post office box, which was open.

Caples then left the post office with some of the victim’s mail, police said. Two witnesses followed Caples from the post office: One retrieved the mail and the other called police and let officers know where the suspect was, police said. The mail was returned to the victim.

Police detained Caples on Morro Street, where the victim identified him as the person who took the mail. Caples was arrested on suspicion of robbery and was taken to the San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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