Montgomery County Police have charged a 32-year old mail carrier with multiple counts of theft for stealing numerous pieces of mail including a package containing rare coins worth close to $3,000. The Greenbelt man has likely worked his last shift as a federal employee after allegedly confessing to the crime. In addition to the confession, U.S. Postal Police Agents searched the defendant’s home and found other pieces of stolen mail from his delivery route in Silver Spring. The mail carrier now faces six charges in the Montgomery County District Court, including two felonies for theft over $1,500 but less than $25,000. He is also charged with theft scheme, and conspiracy to commit theft over $1,500, for allegedly working with another person to sell the stolen goods. Trial is currently set for February 25, 2020 in the Silver Spring courthouse. Online court records show the man is represented by the Public Defender, though his income as a federal employee may bar their continued representation.
Like many theft defendants, the mail carrier may have sealed fate by trying to flip the stolen coins for cash too soon, and in the same general location as the theft. It seems as if the defendant conspired with another person to sell the goods to a coin shop in downtown Silver Spring, in an effort to conceal his own identity. Unbeknownst to the co-conspirator, the coin shop, and other coin shops in the area, had already been tipped off about the possibility of these specific rare coins potentially being stolen. An email was apparently circulated to pawn shops in the region. The Silver Spring coin shop refused to engage in a transaction, and contacted law enforcement to inform them of the development. The investigation led officers to the mail carrier in Greenbelt, and upon being questioned he apparently admitted to everything.
The mail carrier likely does not have a criminal record, as the requirements to work for the USPS include strict background checks. The strict requirements are consistent with the mail carrier’s important responsibility of safeguarding private and potentially valuable pieces of mail. In an age where we are shipping more things of value than ever before, USPS mail carriers have remained reliable and trustworthy. By far the main concern with shipping packages in modern times is porch piracy, or the act of stealing delivered packages off a person’s property. Having a mail carrier actually steal your mail is the last thing we expect or can imagine, so an incident like this is definitely disconcerting.