Ex-letter carrier pleads guilty to stealing mail

Victim of theft tracked down Alexis Odelin, confronted him on camera

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Video showing a confrontation with former postal carrier Alexis Odelin after a customer claimed Odelin stole some of his mail. (Courtesy)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former West Michigan mailman accused of stealing gift cards and cash from residents on his route has pleaded guilty to federal charges against him.

Alexis Odelin, 26, of Wyoming pleaded guilty to theft of mail contents by a U.S. Postal Service employee on Tuesday.

According to federal court documents, investigators say Odelin stole $452 worth of gift cards, cash and other valuable items from the mail he was supposed to be delivering. Earlier this year, Odelin was confronted on camera by an angry resident who tracked him down by figuring out that a stolen gift card had been used to order pizza for delivery.

Odelin had been hired by the U.S. Postal Service in October 2015 — only three months after he was convicted of shoplifting in Wyoming. It’s still not clear how the USPS missed that conviction during the hiring process, though it did say he lied on his application. Odelin resigned on May 25 after USPS investigators confronted him about complaints.

Target 8 previously learned that Odelin may take a plea deal that would carry a prison sentence of between zero and five years, but there did not appear to be a plea agreement filed with the court on Tuesday.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 23, 2017.

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