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Colorado Postal Employee arrested on mail theft charges

Posted in Misc Crime August 11th, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

Recently, an overnight mail handler has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft by mail in Colorado Federal Court. David Schmauder, age 48, stole more than 11,000 packages over two years. He admitted to stealing about 50 packages two or three nights a week since January 2008.

This low-life criminal targeted boxes from online retailers including Amazon.com, stealing CDs, DVDs and Victoria’s Secret lingerie. He would give the stolen lingerie to his wife. He would resell the CDs and DVDs to Angelo’s Movies, Music and Gifts, which bills itself as the largest independent music store in the Denver, Colorado area.

The owner of the music store claims that he had no idea that these items were stolen. He claimed that Schmauder had different types of stuff to sell and thought that he was running a legitimate business. Receipts showed that Schmauder was paid $85,174 for 11,829 items to the store. You would think, that the owner of the music store be suspicious of the volume of the CDs and DVDs and ask for the very least a business license from Schmauder? In fact, Schmauder sold more items to the store than any other re-seller and the owner of the music store thinks that some of the products he bought from this criminal may have been some of his own intercepted packages.

The postal service estimated losses at $283,913 but the actual amount is unknown. Schmauder has to pay a fine of $4,000 to $40,000 and could be sentenced to one and a half to two years in prison at a sentencing hearing in November.

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