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Waterbury Man Admits Stealing Mail from Ellington Post Office Collection Box

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Ketty Larco-Ward, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division, announced that TOMLIN HOOPER, 23, of Waterbury, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to one count of attempted mail theft.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in February 2021, as part of mail theft investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service installed a surveillance camera outside the Ellington Post Office to record activity at the mail collection box.  On four occasions between February 11 and March 22, 2021, Hooper is captured on video accessing the mail collection box using a U.S. Postal Service Arrow Key, and stealing mail, some of which included checks.

Tomlin was arrested in the early morning hours of March 29, 2021, as he attempted to steal mail from the mail collection box at the Ellington Post Office.

Judge Dooley scheduled sentencing for October 25, 2022 at which time Hooper faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.  As part of his plea agreement, Hooper has agreed to pay restitution of at least $23,632.34.

Hooper is released on a $75,000 bond pending sentencing.

This investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Keefe.

Individuals who believe they are a victim of mail theft may file a complaint by calling 888-USPS-OIG or by visiting

Updated August 5, 2022