PHOENIX Arizona .- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – On January 10, 2006, a federal grand jury returned a 26 count indictment against John Edward Bauer, 38, and Nathaniel Nathan Gatlin, 34, both of Glendale, Arizona.
The 26 count indictment alleges that Bauer and Gatlin removed and took two mail
collection boxes, that were bolted to the ground, from United States postal property in Scottsdale and Surprise, Arizona. The alleged thefts occurred on or about December 18 and 19, 2005. They are charged with theft of the contents, which included cash, gift cards, checks, Christmas mail, and other mail that had been mailed to over 1100 persons, and destruction of the collection boxes and some mail.
Paul Charlton, United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, credits the U.S. Postal
Inspectors and the Glendale Police Department for an efficient and prompt investigation that led to the arrests and indictment.
The indictment charges the men with violating 18 U.S.C. §§ 2, 1705, and 1708. If
convicted, violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2 and 1705 carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both; violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1708 and 2 carry maximum penalties of five years in prison, a $ 250,000 fine or both. Both men are in custody awaiting trial.
An indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity
and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The prosecution is being handled by Michael J. O’Melia, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District
of Arizona, Phoenix.