Mailing company employee admits stealing $2.8 million worth of over the road containers from USPS

inspectorBaltimore, Maryland – Roland Michael Muir, age 57, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to steal, and theft of, aluminum carts from the U.S. Postal Service.

The plea agreement was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Postal Inspector in Charge Gary R. Barksdale of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division; and Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis.

“Many citizens across Anne Arundel County and the region are unaware of the impact that metal thefts have on our community,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis. “We formed our Metal Unit in January to concentrate on these types of crimes and this investigation highlights the financial strain these thefts place on businesses, costs that are often passed on to our citizens. I commend the work of our detectives and our federal partners to bring this investigation to a successful prosecution.”

The U.S. Postal Service used and stored mail transport equipment, including large aluminum carts known as over-the-road containers. Muir worked for a private mailer company located in Baltimore, driving a box truck.

According to his plea agreement, from July 2010 to 2014, Muir drove his employer’s box truck to two U.S. Postal Service bulk mail centers in Capitol Heights where he stole the over-the-road containers and loaded them on the truck. A co-conspirator accompanied Muir during the thefts, which typically occurred between midnight and 2:00 a.m. The co-conspirators then drove to a warehouse where they used spray paint to cover the U.S. Postal Service markings on the containers. They drove the truck to a metal recycler and sold the containers for scrap value, receiving about $1,300 in cash for each transaction.

Muir and his co-conspirator changed metal recyclers when questioned about the source of the containers, or when the recyclers refused to buy the containers. In the fall of 2013 when Muir’s employment position no longer allowed him access to his employer’s truck, his co-conspirator rented a truck to use in the scheme.

During Muir’s participation in the scheme, approximately 2,031 containers were stolen from the U.S. Postal Service on 253 days. The replacement cost of these containers is $2,873,865. The containers were sold to metal recyclers for $323,175.71 in cash.

Muir faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy and 10 years in prison for the theft charge. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett scheduled sentencing for October 28,2014, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Co- defendant Aaron Kevin Howard, age 52, of Brooklyn, Maryland, was charged by indictment with conspiring to steal, and theft of, aluminum carts from the U.S. Postal Service. Howard pleaded not guilty on May 9, 2014 and is scheduled for trial on September 2, 2014.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division and Anne Arundel County Police for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who is prosecuting the case.

  • give me money

    glad the postal inspectors are on our side, that’s a big haul and it makes the Postal Service a better business when we have a good group of inspectors helping us out

  • justmehla

    People need to understand they did not steal from the Postal Service they stole from everyone that pays postage.

  • wedeliver this is a retorical question..are you an idiot?? yes, they did indeed steal from the postal service. the containers are property of the postal service. so what your saying is that everyone who pays for stamps should be reimbursed from the theft of the containers.. DUH!

  • Tony

    The guy probably thought the containers were no longer needed by the Service… With all the crying about mail volumes down and all! A dumb thief!

  • Mr. Postman

    What this story shows is how unaccountable USPS management is in controlling and protecting USPS assets. 2,031 carts stolen from only 2 bulk mail centers and being replaced for $2.8 million should have been noticed, don’t you think?

    Inventory/asset loss is how theft is discovered, and how thieves are caught. You’d think this would have been discovered in a few weeks instead of 4 years.

    My guess is, one of the metal recyclers tipped off the thefts to the USPS else this could have went on forever……………………………….

  • Freeman

    right, it just took them 4 years and over 2,000 carts stolen to notice. Great job!

  • DamonZa

    Not a smart thief at all.