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Chechen Mail Thief Nabbed in San Mateo County

The suspect yelled at arresting officers, “This has nothing to do with Boston!”


A Chechen national accused of stealing mail out of San Mateo County mailboxes is scheduled for a preliminary hearing today in a Redwood City courtroom.

According to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, 21-year-old Alexander Stefan Dombovic was caught rifling through an SUV parked in a Portola Valley driveway. The young teen who caught him asked him what he was doing. In response, the DA says, Dombovic hit the teen in the shoulder with a baseball bat and fled the scene in his own SUV.

Dombovic nearly ran a sheriff’s department patrol car off the road—he was driving on the wrong side of the road with his headlights turned off. The deputies chased after him. Dombovic lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a ravine. Deputies approached with drawn guns, at which point the suspect yelled, “This has nothing to do with Boston!” The incident happened April 21, just days after the twin bombings of the Boston Marathon by Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Deputies found 129 Pieces of stolen mail from 18 victims in Dombovic's SUV. When the victims’ mailboxes were checked, investigators found broken locks and smashed mailboxes.

Dombovic, a resident of Palo Alto, is free on $50,000 bail.

The teen struck with the bat suffered bruises.

Bite Koch May 07, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I'm sorry-what is the point of mentioning the person's nationality?! This site is becoming more like the National Enquirer all the time!
rushro May 07, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Geez, you folks are taking political correctness to an absurd level. As Mr. Smith said the suspect brought up Boston and the Boston guys are Chechen as well as this suspect. To not make that connection in the article would be silly.
Tanya May 07, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I'm more concerned about why he was released on bail after assaulting a teen, burglary with property damage, and evading arrest. He looks like a flight risk to me.
The Captain May 08, 2013 at 04:52 AM
That's it, keep the immigrants out, I don't care what country- out now.
Sam May 08, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Chechens are Muslim. A Christian name like Alexander Stefan Dombovic is probably Croatian, Slovanian or Serbian. Dombovic was faking it if he claimed to be Chechen, which is all the more why he shouldn't have been granted bail. However, the story makes no logical link between the headline and what he allegedly yelled out during his arrest as stated in the text, or even the basis for calling him a foreign national (or even an immigrant as claimed in the comments).

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