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Man accused of stealing mail after allegedly purchasing USPS key from letter carrier for $3,000

April 13, 2023


HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) – Court records related to a 2022 mail theft investigation in Hoover have revealed that a man is accused of purchasing a postal key and stealing mail.

The criminal complaint filed by the US Postal Inspector alleges that Derrell Matthews bought the “arrow key” for $3,000 from a USPS letter carrier.

Part of the evidence included surveillance of a person driving up to the post office in a red Dodge Charger and using a key to access the back of a collection box in Hoover. Court records say in several other thefts, the same car was spotted with the suspect using a key to enter the boxes. Investigators say they connected that car to Matthews.

The postal inspector says they recovered several items from his home through a search warrant including US mail, stolen checks, counterfeit checks, and that USPS “arrow key.”

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