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2 Men Face Federal Charges of Stealing U.S. Postal Carts

The suspects face charges of stealing carts from a Prince George's County site and selling them for scrap. The replacement cost is estimated at $2.2 million.

Two men are in custody on federal charges of conspiracy and theft for allegedly stealing aluminum mail carts and selling them for scrap. File|Patch
Two men are in custody on federal charges of conspiracy and theft for allegedly stealing aluminum mail carts and selling them for scrap. File|Patch

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.

elaine whitmore May 17, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Oh brother. First, someone was in on it at Cap.Hts.facility. No way all that could be stolen withoit being noticed. Second, once they are released from jail, part of their earnings (lol from a legitimate job, yeah right) should be garnished to go toward replacing the carts,(minimum amount, the sum they profited from the thefts).

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