Manny stories have been on the news for people stealing Christmas packages which results in mail theft and possession of stolen property charges. Police in Edina caught an individual who stole a package, which had a tracker inside of it. The man was arrested in the middle of the night after police planted a package with the tracker hidden in it. The package was designed to look like a laptop bag and once the package moved, the police were alerted. Once the man was arrested, police found other packages in his car. The man was charged with possession of stolen property. Another woman was caught in Colombia Heights stealing a box of children’s toys. A surveillance camera showed the woman taking a package from outside of the home while a male across the street took a package from another home. The two then left in the same car. The woman was charged with mail theft and police found other packages from houses in her property.
In Minnesota, a person is guilty of mail theft when the person:
(1) intentionally and without claim of right removes mail from a mail depository;
(2) intentionally and without claim of right takes mail from a mail carrier;
(3) obtains custody of mail by intentionally deceiving a mail carrier, or other person who rightfully possesses or controls the mail, with a false representation which is known to be false, made with intent to deceive and which does deceive a mail carrier or other person who possesses or controls the mail;
(4) intentionally and without claim of right removes the contents of mail addressed to another;
(5) intentionally and without claim of right takes mail, or the contents of mail, that has been left for collection on or near a mail depository; or
(6) receives, possesses, transfers, buys, or conceals mail obtained by acts described in clauses (1) to (5), knowing or having reason to know the mail was obtained illegally.
The penalty for mail theft may result in a prison sentence of up to three years and up to a $5,000 fine. Homeowners should pay extra attention to their packages during the holiday season and install surveillance cameras. If you have been charged with mail theft or possession of stolen property, contact Keller Law Offices. Mail theft is a felony level offense and you will need an attorney to fight the charges against you. Contact a lawyer as soon as you are approached by law enforcement before you make a statement.
If you have been charged with mail theft or receiving stolen property, contact Keller Law Offices immediately. Keller Law Offices has two criminal justice attorneys. A criminal justice attorney will be able to fight the charges against you. The criminal justice attorneys have handled many theft cases in the past. Call 612-210-0629 for a free consultation. Max Keller offers payment plans in most cases. Keller Law Offices will take the charges seriously and are ready to take the case to trial if needed. Please take a look at Keller Law Offices’ website at www.kellerlawofficse.com. Phones calls and e-mails are answered 24/7.