Two Maryland men face federal charges of stealing $2.2 million worth of aluminum carts from the U.S. Postal Service.
The grand jury indictment announced Tuesday charges Aaron Keith Howard, 52, of Brooklyn, and Roland Michael Muir, 57, of Glen Burnie with conspiracy and theft, reports WJZ TV. Prosecutors say both men are in custody.
Authorities say the men stole the carts in Capitol Heights in Prince George's County, painted over post office markings and sold more than 383,000 pounds of scrap aluminum to Maryland recyclers. They reportedly received $223,717 in cash for the carts.
The postal service estimates the replacement cost for the carts at more than $2.2 million.
In a statement, U.S. Postal Service Inspector in Charge Gary Barksdale says theft of mail equipment is a serious crime, and the agency can’t afford to replace equipment.