WICHITA, Kan. April 28 2017
A Derby man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months and a day in prison for stealing mail while he worked as a mail carrier.
U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said 34-year-old Gary W. Yenzer previously pleaded guilty to one count of theft of U.S. mail. In his plea, Yenzer admitted that in August and September of 2016, while working as a mail carrier in rural Sedgwick County, he stole mail.
Investigators learned Yenzer looked for birthday and anniversary cards so he could remove cash and gift cards. He kept the cash and sold some of the gift cards for cash, but he did not use the gift cards for fear of them bring traced to him.
Beall commended the U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson for their work on the case.
Wichitan Lateasha Linthicum was also sentenced to to nearly three years in prison Wednesday. She pleaded guilty to accepting stolen mail. Investigators say they found a storage trunk full of stolen credit cards, mail and checks inside her room at the Inn at Tallgrass.
The U.S. Attorney says Linthicum created and cashed fake checks, costing her victims more than $300,000.
The United States Postal Service recognizes the ongoing mail theft problem. This month it launched Informed Delivery, a free service that helps you notice if your mail has been stolen a lot sooner.
The postal service will take pictures of every letter that is mailed to you. They'll send you those pictures via email, that way you know what's supposed to be in your mailbox.
"I'm surprised we had to go to this extent," Wichitan John Wilson said. "It's sad that we have to protect ourselves in so many ways against thievery."
The USPS says right now, Informed Delivery is only available for residential customers and it applies only to letter-size mailings. You have to sign up for the service.