A Maryland man admitted stealing more than 2,000 aluminum carts from the U.S. Postal Service, which cost more than $2.8 million to replace.
Roland Michael Muir, 57, of Glen Burnie, pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing the metal "over-the-road" containers from two bulk mail centers in Capitol Heights.
Another man, 52-year-old Aaron Kevin Howard, accompanied Muir during the thefts, which typically happened between midnight and 2 a.m., officials said.
Muir worked for a private mailer company in Baltimore and drove his employer's box truck to the mail centers to steal the containers and take them to a warehouse where the men used spray paint to cover the U.S. Postal Service labels, authorities said.
Over a span of four years they sold the carts to metal recyclers at scrap value for $323,175 in cash, authorities said.
The case highlights the financial strain metal thefts place on businesses that is often passed on to the county's residents, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis said.
"Many citizens across Anne Arundel County and the region are unaware of the impact that metal thefts have on our community," he said.
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Howard pleaded not guilty to his charges in May and is scheduled for trial in September.
Muir faces five years in prison for the conspiracy charge and 10 years in prison for a theft charge. His sentencing his scheduled for October.
It’s not immediately clear if Muir has an attorney.