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Two Men Charged with Robbing U.S. Postal Carriers at Knife Point

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine
Winston McLeod of Orange, New Jersey and Lance Funderburk of Brooklyn, New York are also alleged to have staged 2 USPS break-ins

PORTLAND, Maine:  Two men from the New York City metro area were charged with burglarizing two Maine post offices and robbing, at knife point, two U.S. Postal Service (USPS) letter carriers.

A federal grand jury charged Winston McLeod, 30, and Lance Funderburk, 30, in a five-count indictment on March 20, 2024, charging each with two robberies, two burglaries, and participating in the overall conspiracy.

According to the indictment and other court records, during a one-week period in January 2024, McLeod and Funderburk broke into the Paris and North Monmouth post offices and stole money order printers, mail, computers, post office box keys, and other items. The two men are then alleged to have robbed two Lewiston postal carriers in quick succession on January 20, 2024, threatening to stab each of them with a knife unless they turned over their postal keys. 

If convicted, the men face up to 25 years imprisonment on each of the two robbery counts, up to five years imprisonment on each of the two burglary counts, and up to five years on the conspiracy count. They also face up to five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count of conviction.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case, with the assistance of FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the Rumford, Lewiston, Paris and Monmouth police departments. 

An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



Noah Falk, Assistant United States Attorney (207-780-3257)

Updated March 20, 2024

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