A Washington Post deliveryman has been accused of stealing nearly $100,000 in mail from residents of a gated-community in northern Virginia, according to court documents and sources.
According to an indictment filed in federal court last week, 31-year-old Robert E. Bell III had been delivering newspapers for four years throughout Prince William County.
Residents along his newspaper route in a Haymarket neighborhood started complaining about their outgoing mail being stolen. Missing items included nearly $100,000 in personal checks, cash, gift cards, coins and personal letters, according to court papers.
Inspectors installed a hidden camera at a condominium in the 15200 block of Royal Crest Drive. Within a week in August, the surveillance video captured Bell forcibly open a box full of keys used to unlock the mailboxes, charging papers said. Bell unlocked the mailboxes, and ripped open letters and took some of the the contents, documents said.
Bell was charged with mail theft and destruction of letter boxes. He could not be reached from comment.
The Washington Post wasn’t able to immediately provide information about Bell.