A 57-year-old Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft of thousands of aluminum carts from the U.S. Postal Service that will cost more than $2.8 million to replace, according to the U.S. State's Attorney's Office.
Officials allege Roland Michael Muir and another man stole about 2,030 containers and sold them to metal recyclers for more than $323,000.
Prosecutors said Muir worked for a private mailer company in Baltimore driving a box truck, and from July 2010 to 2014 he drove the truck to two U.S. Postal Service bulk mail centers in Capitol Heights where he took the large containers and loaded them on the truck.
Officials allege that he and the other man then drove to a warehouse where they painted over the U.S. Postal Service markings, then sold the containers to a metal recycler for scrap value, receiving about $1,300 in cash for each.
Prosecutors said some 2,031 containers were stolen. The replacement cost of the containers is $2,873,865.
Muir faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy and 10 years in prison for the theft charge. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 28.
Aaron Kevin Howard, 52, of Brooklyn, has been charged with conspiracy and theft in the case, and has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 2.
U.S. State's Attorney officials noted that Anne Arundel County Police aided in the investigation.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun