Two Maryland Men Accused of Stealing $2.2M Worth of Postal Carts

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I’ve never looked at the aluminum carts used by the U.S. Postal Service and seen a lucrative criminal opportunity. But it seems two Maryland men did.

Aaron Keith Howard of Brooklyn, Md., and Roland Michael Muir of Glen Burnie have been charged with stealing postal carts in Capitol Heights, stripping them of identifying marks, and selling them for scrap. According to the charging documents the two men made $223,717 off the deal. But the Postal Service estimated the replacement cost for the carts at $2.2 million!

That’s 383,000 pounds of scrap by the way. Even though this heist didn’t ultimately work out, I gotta say, I’m kind of impressed.



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  1. Impressed is about right. That cart looks like it might weigh in at maybe 50-60 pounds. Even at 100 lb/cart, it would be over 3800 carts we are looking at. How did they manage to haul off thousands of carts without being stopped?
    The USPS price for carts sounds pretty close to what grocery stores pay for theirs. Not too bad. Several hundred bucks each.

  2. I can’t decide which aspect of this exciting case is the most disturbing — that they managed to steal however many hundreds (thousands?) of carts? Or that the Postal Service paid 2.2 million dollars for said carts? I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the U.S. Postal Service is bankrupt. But what about “Neither rain, nor heat nor gloom of night…”? Oh, wait, Wikipedia says that there is no official P.O. motto; that famous line actually refers to the courier service of the ancient Persian empire. That explains everything… Thank goodness it’s a free country, and I can overpay at Federal Express!

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