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>Truck driver admits stealing, destroying mail

A former truck driver for a company working for the U.S. Postal Service admitted Wednesday that he stole and destroyed mail.

Gregory Gibson, 28, of Holland, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of delay and destruction of mail before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr.

He admitted that, on a number of occasions between 2006 and 2008, he removed mail from the mail truck he was driving and took it to his home, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cindy J. Majewski said.

"Gibson opened the mail, stole money and goods purchased by others, and destroyed remnants by dumping them along the side of a road in Holland," Majewski said. "We are not sure what motivated it."

Postal inspectors began to investigate after a man walking his dog in Holland found some of the discarded mail, the prosecutor said.

Gibson was not a letter carrier and was not a Postal Service employee. He worked for a trucking company that was contracted by the Postal Service to move mail, Majewski added.

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