A mail carrier has been arrested in Mid-Michigan after authorities say he stole a gift card from a man's mailbox.
Denver Lawrence, 41, of Coleman is facing two larceny charges, a misdemeanor and a felony.
The arrest comes after Midland County resident Louis Landon said in November 2017 he had a gift card stolen out a birthday card in his mailbox.
Landon soon learned the $50 VISA gift card was used at a Shell gas station in Sanford, a Dollar General in Sanford and Coleman, and a Marathon gas station in Clare over several days.
He asked the stores for surveillance footage and then turned it over to Michigan State Police.
Investigators with MSP soon learned it was Landon’s mail carrier – Denver Lawrence - who stole the gift card. Lawrence allegedly told police he thought the gift card was for him, but Landon said the gift card was inside a birthday card stamped and addressed for his father.
MSP turned the case over to the Midland County Prosecutor who authorized arrest warrants for Lawrence on Monday, April 16.
Lawrence is now being held in the Midland County Jail.
Jeff Arney, spokesperson for the USPS, said Lawrence is a "contract" carrier. While he delivers the mail for the USPS, he is not a government employee. Arney released the following statement:
"The vast majority of U.S. Postal Service personnel are dedicated, hard-working public servants dedicated to moving mail to its proper destination who would never consider engaging in any form of criminal behavior. This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated and when a postal employee betrays that trust of the American people, the special agents in the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General vigorously investigate these matters as we did in this instance and work with other law enforcement agencies and local, state and federal prosecutors to hold accountable those employees who violate that public trust. Anyone can contact the USPS OIG Hotline at 1-888-USPS-OIG (1-888-877-7644) or file a complaint online at www.uspsoig.gov to report alleged fraud, waste of funds or resources, mail theft and other postal crimes committed by postal employees or contractors."
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