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UPDATE: Bell Co. grand jury to hear mail theft case

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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UPDATE 7-23-13

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The case of a Bell County mail carrier charged with stealing mail is going to the grand jury.

David Michael Hoskins had a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Officials say the judge sent the case to the grand jury.

Pineville Police say Hoskins stole gift cards out of two letters from a man on his route.

Hoskins has pleaded not guilty to the mail theft charges.

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UPDATE 7-9-13

An Eastern Kentucky mail carrier who police say stole some mail pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday.

Pineville Police say 29-year-old David Michael Hoskins stole Wal-mart gift cards out of mail sent to a man on his route.

Court officials set a preliminary hearing for July 23rd.

Officials say federal charges are still possible.

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7-3-13

He was supposed to deliver the mail, but Pineville Police say he took it for himself!

Police say a Bell County mail carrier, 29-year-old David Michael Hoskins of Calvin, stole gift cards meant for Donald Lefevers, a person on his Saturday route.

In June, Donald Lefevers was expecting two cards from his son in Michigan, a birthday card on June 10th and a Father's Day card for June 16th. He says he did not receive either card in his mail.

Lefevers says the two cards mailed one week apart each had a $50 Wal-mart gift card inside. When he did not get the cards, his family traced the gift cards numbers and found out they were used at the Middlesboro Wal-mart.
Lefevers says he then reported it to the Pineville Post Office and Pineville Police Department.

Police say Wal-mart surveillance video showed the mail carrier Hoskins using the gift cards.

"The fact that it's a carrier who did the theft is really the eye raiser," said Det. Kevin Goodin.

Lefevers says once police identified Hoskins, then Hoskins came to his apartment at Wilderness Trace Manor.

"Later that day, he came over and said someone in the building gave them to him," said Lefevers.

Police say the investigation refuted that statement. They charged Hoskins with two counts of theft of mail matter.

Lefevers says Hoskins talked to him some more.

"He admitted it. He told me he threw my Father's Day card in that garbage can out there." "How did that make you feel?" Angela Sparkman asked. "It made me mad," Lefevers answered.

Pineville Police say on Tuesday, Hoskins surrendered at the Farmer Helton Judicial Center and immediately posted bond without going to jail.

Pineville Police Detectives and the Postal Inspector General's Office are investigating whether any other mail was stolen in the area.

"At this case, with it being a carrier, we look at it at a very different level," said Det. Goodin.

They ask anyone with missing mail to contact either the Pineville Police Department or the Pineville Post Office.

Det. Goodin says they are evaluating whether federal charges will be pursued against Hoskins.

The Postmaster at the Pineville Post office was on vacation Wednesday, so WYMT could not get any information on Hoskins' current employee status.


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