If you're going to be a thief, it's best to have a specialty. And for Rhett Stringer, 32, and Morgan Pratka, 28, that specialty was breaking into mailboxes looking for money orders.
Their purview was vast: over a dozen collection boxes, outside post offices in Memorial, Katy and Tomball, among others.
Their plan was simple:they searched for money orders, and when they found them they "later chemically washed, altered and deposited [them] into their bank accounts," according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
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Stringer is in custody; Pratka is still out there, probably driving by mailboxes not on the way home, as Hi said in Raising Arizona.
"Most criminals avoid stealing mail because they know it is a federal offense that Postal Inspectors have investigated very successfully for more than 200 years and that success continues, " said Gary Barksdale, postal inspector in charge in Houston."Postal Inspectors are actively looking for Pratka now."
There was no dolalr figure for how much the two had stolen, but they face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.