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Postal worker admits stealing mail

A former worker at the U.S. Postal Service's Baltimore distibution center admitted in federal court that he regularly rifled through greeting cards, stealing cash and gift cards and discarding the rest.

Andrew C. Walsh, 51, of Cockeysville, Md. pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore to mail theft. Authorities said he stole about 1,600 gift cards worth between $30,000 and $70,000, and about $12,000 in cash.

Walsh, who worked as a maintenance mechanic, didn't process mail but had access to areas where it was kept. From August 2009 to April 2010, court papers say, he began plucking mail off a conveyor belt in an isolated area, opening the envelopes and stealing valuables inside. He took about 10 gift cards and $75 in cash each shift.

During an April search of Walsh's home and car, authorities recovered more than 450 stolen gift cards.

Walsh, who is scheduled to be sentenced in February, faces a maximum of five years in prison.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  | October 20, 2010; 11:36 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore, From the Courthouse, Maria Glod  
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he should serve all 5 year and loose his pension too!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 20, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow what a scum bag! Took some little kid's Christmas or birthday money because he was greedy and felt entitled.
I faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart in his general direction!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Does he have any idea how many arguments/family feuds/broken relationships/ruined credit/etc. resulted from his idiotic greed? Wow...

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Laughing out loud at bigdaddy

Posted by: msdooby1 | October 20, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

So maybe my exhusband really did send the kids gift cards after all. What a darn shame. Now my experience is from years ago, but this article makes me question the lost gift cards and the dress from Nordstroms that was never found! Five years should give him time to think about what he's done as he is surrounded by murderers and rapists!

Posted by: Ross65 | October 20, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

They walk among us.

Posted by: bam413 | October 20, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I NEVER place mail in the outside drive-up repositories. Have you ever seen some of the sleazebags who empty them? They generally wear no USPS uniforms and look like your standard grungy homeless illegal-immigrant wino!

Posted by: kinkysr | October 20, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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