Two Northeast Alabama Men Indicted in Joppa Post Office Burglary

West Virginia PMR sentenced for theft of postal funds4/27/16 BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted two northeast Alabama men for burglarizing a U.S. Post Office in Joppa, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Postal Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez.

Separate four-count indictments filed in U.S. District Court charge CLAY AUSTIN PARKER, 34, of Arab, and BRETT MICHAEL BAKER, 30, of Albertville, with one count each of post office burglary, theft of a post office key, theft of postal property and theft of postal money orders stemming from the burglary of the Joppa Post Office on Dec. 28.  PARKER and BAKER join ANDREW CLAYTON ROGERS and TESSA JEAN MCCAY, who were indicted in March for the 2015 burglary.

The maximum penalty for theft of a post office key is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for post office burglary and theft of postal money orders is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for theft of postal property is three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Davis Barlow is prosecuting.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.