UPDATE 6/15/2018 – Anthony Stewart was arrested June 14 on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle, according to the Postal Service. He also faces federal charges for the theft.
(ORIGINAL STORY 6/8/2014)
A man who stole roughly 400 hundred of pieces of mail off a truck was caught on camera in Cordova Monday.
The United States Postal Inspector is urging the public to help them identify the suspect.
Shortly before 3:00 p.m. Monday, surveillance video, at the Stonebridge Crossing Apartment Homes in Cordova, caught a man making sure the coast is clear before he makes a bold move and steals two trays of mail from a USPS truck.
The suspect, wearing a red shirt and black shorts, took the mail while the carrier was inside a gazebo filling mailboxes.
“He abandoned the mail behind one of the apartment buildings and we recovered a majority of it,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Branden Guffey.
However, Guffey said some of the packages were torn open and the items inside stolen.
Video showed the thief came back but investigators say a witness scared him from taking a second stash.
The stolen letters and packages were meant for people at another complex less than 2 miles away.
Investigators said told Stonebridge Crossing has had issues with mail thefts in the past, prompting them to install surveillance cameras.
“For this particular case it’s kind of rare for somebody to go up and steal so much mail out of the back of a carrier’s vehicle,” said Guffey.
Guffey said the vehicle is supposed to be lock when the carrier is away. It was not clear if that carrier would face discipline.
People in the Stonebridge Crossing leasing office declined to comment on the thefts.
Investigators believe the suspect may live at Stonebridge Crossing.
People reported they have seen the suspect around, but they do not know who he is.
If you recognize the suspect call the postal inspector’s office at 1-877-376-2455.