Mail Contractor Arrested With Stolen Cash: Prosecutors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A driver who worked as an outside contractor for the U.S. Postal Service has been arrested and charged with stealing a bag of more than $5,000 in cash collected at the Healdsburg Post Office, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.

Christopher Rocha, 50, of Fresno, was charged in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco with one count of theft of government property.

Rocha was arrested by two postal inspectors Tuesday evening after the inspectors watched him pick up a sealed bag of cash from the day’s transactions in Healdsburg, watched him throw away some papers at the Santa Rosa Main Post Office dumpster, and then followed his truck to the Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center in San Francisco.

After arresting Rocha in his truck, the inspectors allegedly found more than $5,000 in cash in the pocket of a jacket draped over the driver’s seat. The bills had the serial numbers of the bills picked up at the Healdsburg Post Office, according to an affidavit filed with the complaint by Postal Inspector Nicholas Hamner.

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