- Associated Press - Friday, May 16, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A father and son face charges that they stole aluminum carts from the U.S. Postal Service, cut them up for scrap and sold the metal.

Gulfport residents 51-year-old John Wendell Boyles and 24-year-old Nicholas Alan Boyles were arraigned in federal court Thursday after an April indictment was unsealed. Each man was released on bond of $25,000.

A lawyer for the men couldn’t immediately be reached Friday.

The indictment alleges the men stole what the Postal Service calls over-the-road containers - used to load mail and packages onto trucks. Authorities say the men stole one or more containers, cut them up, and sold the aluminum to a scrap metal company in Gulfport on 20 separate occasions from 2011 to 2013.

John Wendell Boyles had access to the containers because he worked for a Postal Service contractor, said Sheila Wilbanks, spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis.

The case is set for trial before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on July 7. Each man faces up to 15 years in federal prison, and fines of up to $250,000 per count. The government also wants the men to forfeit the money they earned from the sales.



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