Postal Carrier Accused Of Stealing 20,000 Pieces Of Mail, Collecting Credit Cards And Stacks Of DVDs

We’ve heard of mail carriers ditching multiple bags of mail before, but in most of those cases it seemed like the postal worker just didn’t feel like delivering it. But federal authorities say an almost 20-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service had personal gain in mind when he allegedly stole 20,000 pieces of mail from customers.

Among the items the man is accused of pilfering: Stacks of Netflix DVDs (people still have DVDs delivered?), checks, Mother’s Day cards, money orders, jewelry, passports, credit cards and prescription medication, reports the Baltimore Sun. Also, somehow, furniture allegedly pilfered from the USPS.

He’s been charged with one count each of mail theft and delaying the mail after an investigation by U.S. Inspector General’s office that started in February.

It’s unclear when the alleged mail looting started, but investigators say they received a tip that the man was stealing bagfuls of mail and other items that didn’t belong to him.

Authorities got a search warrant in March and say they found a horde of boosted items sitting in postal service tubs, including a $100 bag of coins from the U.S. mint and three stools bearing the label “Property of USPS.”

Catonsville postman accused in theft of 20K pieces of mail [Baltimore Sun]