A bond has been set for a DuPage County postal carrier accused of stealing 117 checks meant for others on his mail route.
Keevon Dockery, 22, has been charged with identity theft on five counts and aggravated identity theft on one count.
Prosecutors said an Elmhurst police officer was dispatched to a local business on Oct. 20 for a report of check fraud involving five checks sent by the business to clients that were fraudulently deposited.
Dockery was identified as the suspect during the investigation.
Authorities allegedly observed Dockery’s mail truck leave its route and park near a wooded area while conducting surveillance on Monday.
Dockery allegedly then exited the mail truck and walked into a wooded area, where he left three mail bins containing undeliverable mail.
Dockery was detained by authorities as he returned to his personal vehicle after his shift, according to prosecutors.
Dockery was arrested with 14 checks totaling approximately $20,000 intended for businesses and residents on his mail route.
After further investigation, detectives discovered that Dockery had allegedly stolen 117 checks totaling approximately $40,000 from businesses and residents along his route.
“It is alleged that Mr. Dockery betrayed the public’s trust and stole mail from postal customers,” said DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin. “I want to stress however, that the alleged actions of one rogue postal carrier is in no way indicative of the hard-working men and women of the U.S. Postal Service who perform their duties with integrity and professionalism day in and day out.”
Dockery’s bond was set at $100,000 by a judge.
His next court appearance is set for December 7.