This week, United States Attorney Carol Casto announced that a Wood County man had pleaded guilty to being in possession of stolen mail. It was alleged that 38-year-old Richard Thomas Morris Jr. of Washington stole the mail in November of 2016. Morris served as a relief driver for a United States Postal Service contractor. It was his job to collect outgoing mail from post offices from Ravenswood to Parkersburg.
On November 17, 2016, Morris was pulled over at the Belleville Post Office by law enforcement officials with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Morris allowed his vehicle to be searched. As a result, authorities discovered a piece of mail, which was addressed to a house in St. Mary’s. The mail had been opened.
It contained a greeting card. Morris had stolen the card and the $50.00 inside. As a result of his actions, Morris will now face a maximum of five years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 22, 2018. Additional details can be found here.