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New Orleans Man Sentenced for Possessing Cars Stolen from Norfolk Southern Railyard

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – MATHEW MAYE, age 25, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced on March 19, 2024 to five years of probation, including six months of home detention, and a $200 mandatory special assessment fee, by U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey after previously pleading guilty to two counts of possessing goods stolen from an interstate shipment.

According to court documents, on March 29, 2023, MAYE and others, stole a 2023 Ford F-150 and 2023 Ford Bronco Sport Outer Banks from the Norfolk Southern Automotive Distribution Facility. Over the next week, MAYE was captured on surveillance video driving the stolen F-150 and riding as a passenger in the stolen Bronco Sport.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the Louisiana State Police, and the New Orleans Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Berman of the Violent Crime Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated March 21, 2024

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