Roslindale, MA– Do you ever walk by packages for your neighbors and wonder what they ordered? Well, this US Postal Service employee decided to find out, illegally, 9,700 times.
According to Patch, Megan Hawes, 29, was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Boston for deliberately not delivering mail, and often opening and stealing gift cards and cash.
The story gets even wilder. Hawes was first arrested in June 2018 when her boyfriend's truck was impounded in Weymouth. Tow company employees found thousands of opened and unopened mail and Amazon boxes addressed to other people in the car.
In total, Hawes stole 9,700 pieces of mail, but only from 1,100 people. Meaning she stole from the same households in Roslindale.
The Department of Justice said they found mail dating back to between March 10, 2017 to May 10 of 2018, while Hawes still worked for the USPS.
Despite all of this, Megan Hawes was only sentenced to two years of supervised release and 80 hours of community service.
According to Patch.com: "The charge provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors."
Exactly how or why Hawes managed to get off so lightly is unclear.
What is certain, is that next time your mail doesn't arrive on, make sure you notify the authorities in case someone is trying to get away with stealing your mail.
Unrelated to crimes by U.S. post office employees, but still on the topic of stolen packages–one engineer had a unique solution last December to make package thieves think twice before taking mail off of someone's porch. Be warned: you could get glitter-bombed.