Local postal carrier pleads guilty to mail theft

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A former mail carrier in Virginia Beach has pleaded guilty to stealing gift cards, greeting cards, and cash from people on his route.

Investigators say 26-year-old Raynard R. Heckstall of Norfolk admitted to the thefts and estimated that since January 2015 he had stolen as many as 10 greeting cards, three times per week. He also admitted to stealing $400 to $500 in cash. Heckstall then voluntarily turned over to agents 25 additional gift cards that he had stolen from the mail. These cards had a total value of over $1,000.

According to court documents, video surveillance set up by the Postal Service showed Heckstall going through and opening mail in his postal vehicle while on his route. Surveillance video from a local department store also showed Heckstall and a friend redeeming gift cards he had stolen.

Heckstall worked as a carrier assistant at the Princess Anne U.S. Postal Station in Virginia Beach from April 2014 – April 2015.

He faces a maximum of five years in prison when he is sentenced in October.

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