A former U.S. Postal Employee who pleaded guilty to regularly stealing gift cards from the mail has been given probation.
Judge Curtis Collier gave the sentence to Benjamin Keith Young on the recommendation of both the defense and prosecution, but he lectured him on what the loss must have meant to those involved.
Myrlene Marsa of the Federal Defender's Service said Young had a check to repay those whose losses were identified.
It was computed that he stole between $2,200 to $3,750 while working sorting mail at the Chattanooga Distribution Center.
After he became a suspect, he was seen feeling various pieces of mail, then opening some of them and putting them in his pocket.
Young's advisory sentencing range was from zero to six months.