Utah delivery man accused of stealing hundreds of packages

Hector Armando Cortes. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County

UTAH, March 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A delivery man has been arrested after he allegedly stole hundreds of packages from Salt Lake and Utah counties.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County said Hector Armando Cortes, 34, is facing a charge of second-degree felony mail theft — value of mail exceeds $5,000. He was arrested Friday and transported to Salt Lake County Jail with his bail set at $20,000.

The probable cause statement said that between July 2018 and March 7, missing and stolen parcels “have been identified in relation to Hector Armando Cortes.” A U.S. Postal Inspector identified at least 450 packages that have been reported missing and/or stolen from contract routes Cortes has with the U.S. Postal Service and his contractor OnTrac Logistics.

OnTrac Logistics has reported more than $80,000 in direct losses, the statement said.

After Cortes was arrested Friday, stolen property was recovered consistent with the investigation.

“Postal Inspectors contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and learned Cortes should be taken into custody and an ICE Agent will proceed with deportation efforts as a result of the felony investigation,” the probable cause statement said.


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