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TWO EAST TEXANS GUILTY OF STEALING U.S. MAIL
TYLER, Texas – Two East Texas men have pleaded guilty to possessing stolen mail in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Nicholas Adam Hale, 22, of Kilgore, Texas, and Justin Eric Yanez, 23, of Troup, Texas, pleaded guilty to possessing stolen mail today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, on Nov. 12, 2010, Hale and Yanez drove to various locations in and around Whitehouse, Texas and removed male from private mail receptacles. The mail which they stole contained checks written in various amounts and 20 digital video disc (DVD) movies, among other items. An observant Whitehouse resident notified the Whitehouse Police Department of Hale's and Yanez' suspicious activities, which led to their arrest that same day. Hale admitted to committing other postal thefts in East Texas in November and December 2009.
Hale and Yanez face up to five years in federal prison. Sentencing dates have not been set.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Whitehouse Police Department, the Kilgore Police Department and other agencies and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.