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.
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."
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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.