- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a man stole mail sent to western Michigan residents and used forged bank account checks and credit card convenience checks get cash.

The U.S. attorney’s office say 32-year-old Zachary Stephen Thomas of Holland was arrested last weekend on a criminal complaint charging him with mail theft and bank fraud. He faces up to 5 years in prison for mail theft and up to 30 years for bank fraud.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Tuesday from public defender David Kaczor.

The Grand Rapids Press reports police recovered about 1,000 pieces of mail in a garbage container behind a Saugatuck gas station.

Authorities say Thomas began stealing mail in December in Holland. They say he deposited forged checks and withdrew cash before the bank noticed the fraud.

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