10/16/2017 PORTLAND, Ore. – On Monday, October 16, 2017, United States District Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Wayne Eugene Price, 36, to 12 months and one day in prison following his plea of guilty to theft of mail. Judge Aiken ordered Price to serve his federal prison sentence consecutive to the sentence he is serving currently for an unrelated identity theft conviction in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
According to court documents, Price broke the windows of U.S. Postal Service vehicles to steal parcels and the personal belongings of postal carriers in Northeast Portland in December 2015. As part of his plea agreement, Price admitted that he stole packages from an U.S. Postal Service vehicle on December 7, 2015 and admitted that his offenses had more than ten victims. Price has an extensive criminal history in the Portland metro area.
Judge Aiken ordered Price to pay restitution of $5,055.07 to the victims of the offense and to the U.S. Postal Service to repair the vehicle damage.
United States Attorney Billy Williams praised the investigation done by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and stated: “This sentence serves notice that we will aggressively pursue anyone who breaks into Postal Service vehicles and of the serious consequences for stealing U.S. Mail.”
This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and was prosecuted by Quinn Harrington, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.