Mail Thief Caught Stealing Mail from Hillside Neighborhood
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that an Anchorage man pled guilty yesterday in federal court to mail theft and credit card fraud.
Evan Mullen, 28, of Anchorage, pled guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward, who prosecuted the case, Mullen pled guilty to the following facts: Starting in December 2015, Mullen stole mail from mailboxes of residents living in an Anchorage Hillside neighborhood. Mullen was specifically looking for credit cards, but Mullen also stole packages from these mailboxes. Mullen took the stolen credit cards and purchased gift cards and merchandise. Mullen continued this conduct up until the day before his arrest in February 2016. There were more than 10 victims of Mullen’s crimes including those who had their mail stolen and banks who absorbed the loss from the stolen credit cards. Mullen used the stolen credit cards to obtain and attempt to obtain approximately $10,000 in cash and merchandise. Mullen has agreed to pay full restitution.
Mullen faces a maximum of fifteen years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 21, 2016.
“Postal Inspectors worked closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Anchorage Police Department, and proactive citizens to swiftly handle the reported mail theft on Hillside,” said Seattle Division Inspector in Charge Anthony Galetti of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “We take mail theft and identity theft very seriously and will continue working aggressively to investigate these crimes.”
U.S. Attorney Loeffler commends the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Anchorage Police Department for the investigation of this case. Neighborhood residents assisted in the investigation, providing tips and information helpful to identifying Mullen as the thief.