Local postal worker admits to mail theft

July 25, 2008 5:10:52 AM PDT
A federal worker who repaired U.S. Postal Service collection boxes in Houston faces prison for stealing mail. Prosecutors in Houston say 38-year-old Frank Salazar pleaded guilty to two counts of mail theft. He's free on bond pending sentencing Oct. 14.

Salazar faces a maximum five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine on each conviction.

Salazar, who pleaded guilty Thursday, had worked as a U.S. Postal Service field maintenance mechanic since March 2001.

The undercover investigation began in December when more than 90 pieces of opened mail turned up in a trash can outside a drug store.

Security video from the CVS store helped identify Salazar as the driver of a postal truck who carried items to the same trash can where the stolen mail was found.

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