Crime & Courts

Postal Service driver charged with stealing gun parts, rifle scopes from mail

FILE- In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, boxes for sorted mail are stacked at the main post office in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
FILE- In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, boxes for sorted mail are stacked at the main post office in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

A Wichita man has been charged with stealing mail, including parts for firearms, from the U.S. Postal Service.

A federal indictment alleges Manuel J. De La Cruz, 30, stole items from the mail, including parts for guns and scopes for rifles, while he was working as a contract driver for the Postal Service, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a release.

The crimes allegedly occurred in Butler County in 2016 and 2017, the release said.

If convicted, De La Cruz faces up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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