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Collins man indicted for post office burglaries

Suspect accused of stealing mail, parcels

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Collins man indicted for post office burglaries

A federal grand jury indicted a Collins man last week, charging him with several counts of burglarizing Tattnall County post offices.

The grand jury returned 17 counts against Christopher William Sapp, 51, accusing him of “burglarizing two Tattnall County post offices and stealing parcels and mail on multiple occasions between October 2016 and January 2017,” said James Durham, acting United States attorney.

He did not identify the post office locations but said that Sapp also was accused of breaking into the Cobbtown post office and stealing “105 blank money orders, as well as a money order imprinting machine and more than $1,000 worth of postage stamps.”

Sapp is also accused of fraudulently endorsing a stolen check and using another person’s identity to try to cash it.

Sapp was arraigned Thursday in Statesboro before U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith. He was ordered to remain detained until his trial, for which a date has not been announced, Durham said.

“If convicted on all counts of the federal indictment, Sapp could face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine,” he said.

The federal indictment is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General and the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office. 

Assistant United States Attorney Theodore S. Hertzberg is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States, he said.


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