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Suspects in mail theft to appear in federal court

Two Las Vegas men are accused of using counterfeit U.S. Postal Service keys to steal checks, credit cards and other items from local mailboxes, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Derrick Hutson, 42, and Marshal Stapleton, 27, are scheduled to appear for arraignments this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert McQuaid Jr.

They are charged with conspiracy, possession of stolen mail, and unauthorized possession of counterfeit U.S. Postal Service keys.

According to the criminal complaint, Postal Service employees had received reports of several incidents of mail theft in the northwest areas of Las Vegas. The reports indicated that the entire contents of cluster-type mailboxes had been removed without the mailboxes being damaged.

After an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Hutson and Stapleton were apprehended at about 2:20 a.m. on April 15. Authorities said they were sitting in a vehicle parked next to a cluster mailbox in the Summerlin area.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710.

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