United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington
Vancouver Couple Sentenced To Prison For Theft Of Mail And Packages During Holiday Season
Stolen Items Recovered From Under Defendants’ Christmas Tree
A Vancouver, Washington, couple was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to prison terms for theft or receipt of stolen mail, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. JOLYNN MAY, 35, and JASON MAY, 35, of Vancouver, Washington, were apprehended December 24, 2010, after a two week mail theft spree. JOLYNN MAY was sentenced to one year in prison, three years of supervised release, four months of home detention and 80 hours of community service. JASON MAY was sentenced to 30 months in prison, and three years of supervised release. In July 2011 a third co-conspirator, Mychal Lecouris, 31, was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the crime spree. The three were ordered to pay $69,753 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle said the crime “had an impact on the lives of others in different and emotional ways. You stole diabetic supplies vital to that person, but there also was emotional damage ... People found their purpose in giving gifts at Christmas effected by your crime.”
According to records in the case, the three traveled the Southwest Washington area stealing packages from porches and from locked security mailboxes. The three used tools to pry open the locked boxes when it appeared a package had been left. For two weeks the trio stole packages, often opening the boxes as they drove around, throwing the packaging material out the window. In one instance, the MAYs returned stolen gifts that had been shipped from Nordstrom for $300 cash. Because of the rash of thefts, the U.S. Postal Service had to change its delivery procedures, delivering after hours when recipients were apt to be home, or forcing recipients to travel to the post office to pick up their packages. Judge Settle ordered the pair to pay nearly $70,000 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service which incurred increased costs while it tried to safely deliver holiday mail.
Ultimately, alert neighbors called police and described the car seen at community mailboxes and at locations where packages had been stolen. One neighbor provided a license plate number. Local police and agents with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service put the address linked to the car under surveillance. On Christmas Eve, the MAYs and Lecouris arrived at the apartment with multiple opened packages and packing material in their car. A search of the apartment and the car turned up new merchandise and toys which appeared to have been stolen from various addresses. Some of the merchandise had been wrapped and placed under the MAY’s Christmas tree.
In sentencing documents some of the victims spoke about how the MAY’s thefts harmed their families. One nine-year-old boy wrote “I am so sad my Christmas presents got stolen off our front porch. My aunt and Uncle worked very hard to make those gifts.” Other victims wrote about how the thefts made them feel unsafe in their neighborhoods.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Vancouver Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kate Vaughan.