Postal employee in Omaha pleads guilty to stealing mail

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Omaha has admitted to stealing gift cards and cash from the mail.

Austin M. Thomas, 30, faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to mail theft, The Omaha World-Herald reported.

Federal prosecutors said 216 victims lost a total of at least $5,829 from the thefts, which occurred at the West Omaha Post Office.

The investigation began in December 2019 when a city employee reported he had found several bags of mail in a trash can at a park. The mail was unprocessed but had been opened.

Thomas began working for the U.S. Postal Service in November 2016. He worked at the West Omaha Post Office from September 2019 to January 2020

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