A Lubbock man admitted Friday (Sept. 7) to breaking into U.S Postal Service mailboxes (blue boxes),plus residential and business mail boxes to steal mail.

KAMC News reports, 31-year-old Garret Austin Malone told police he, and an unidentified number of accomplices, broke into three U.S Postal Service blue boxes and about 50 residential or business mail boxes.

He said he would sell the personal identifying information on the Dark Web or use it to fraudulently obtain credit cards, lines of credit or to cash forged checks. When officers did a search on Malone’s home, located in the 2800 block of 35th street, they found over three bags with stolen mail, counterfeit checks, credit cards, and ID cards.

Malone has been in custody at the Lubbock County Detention Center since September 2017.

KAMC News additionally reports that court records state, “In 2018, Malone began writing letters to federal law enforcement and the United States Attorney’s Office asking that he be prosecuted federally, and acknowledging his guilt in stealing United States mail”.

Under the terms of a plea deal, Malone will be sentenced at a later date and faces no more than five years in federal prison.

The deal still requires approval of the court.

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