Postal contractor charged with stealing phones from parcels in transit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man contracting for the U.S. Postal Service has been indicted for obstructing mail and stealing cell phones from parcels in transit, the U.S. Attorney’s office says.

Jermaine N. Sails, 41, of Anchorage, is accused of taking phones from parcels beginning in October of 2016, continuing through August of 2017. Sails was employed by a private contractor that handled U.S. mail during the time frame, including parcels with cell phones that were being mailed back to service providers for return or repairs.

Prosecutors say approximately 400 cell phones with a value near $50,000 were reported as missing from parcels that passed through the facility Sails worked at during that time frame. He did not deliver mail house-to-house according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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When federal agents confronted him about the thefts, Sails, who had been convicted of a felony assault charge in 2004, had a 9mm handgun on him, so he’s also been charged with a count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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