- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A former postal carrier in Virginia Beach has pleaded guilty to stealing mail.

Twenty-six-year-old Raynard R. Heckstall of Norfolk entered the plea Monday before a U.S. magistrate judge in Norfolk.

The U.S. Postal Service began an investigation after customers on Heckstall’s assigned route complained about missing and opened mail. Court records show that among the items taken were gift and greeting cards, cash and personal property.

Video surveillance set up by the Postal Service showed Heckstall opening mail in his postal vehicle while on his route. Video surveillance taken at a department store showed Heckstall and a friend redeeming gift cards.

Heckstall faces up to five years in prison. Sentencing was set for Oct. 29.

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