Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Austin M. Thomas, 30, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for theft of mail by a postal employee. The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Thomas to 5 years of probation. Thomas will be required to pay restitution.
In 2019, federal agents began investigating after opened mail was located in a blue postal collection box in east Omaha. Agents determined that the mail consisting largely of greeting cards had likely been deposited for collection in west Omaha before being stolen, opened, and dumped in east Omaha. A city employee doing landscaping later located several more bags of opened mail in a trashcan at Norwick Park and a citizen later located two more bags of mail in a trashcan at the same park. Agents were able to identify Thomas as their suspect by tracking a gift card stolen from one of the pieces of mail. Thomas was employed at the time as a Lead Sales and Services Associate for the United States Postal Service. When interviewed, Thomas admitted to stealing mail from the West Omaha Postal Station. Agents identified the senders of approximately 222 pieces of stolen mail and those citizens reported losses of approximately $5,829.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General.