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4 Charged in Ohio for Stealing Vehicles, Mail and Robbing Postal Workers

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A federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment charging four Ohio men with organizing and engaging in a conspiracy to steal, sell and purchase high-end vehicles, rob U.S. Postal Service carriers and steal from the mail, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced.

Jaylen Harris, 19, of Beachwood, Lavelle Jones, 18, of Warrenville Heights, Devin Rice, 20, of Cleveland, and Hakim Benjamin, 20, of Cleveland Heights, are each charged with conspiracy to commit sale or receipt of stolen vehicles and sale or receipt of stolen vehicles. 

Rice, Jones and Harris are charged with additional counts of possession of stolen mail. 

 

Rice is also charged with aiding and abetting the robbery of a postal carrier and stealing keys adopted by the Post Office, and Harris is charged with an additional count of illegal possession of a machine gun.

 

According to court documents, from December 2021 to February 2022, the defendants are accused of stealing and purchasing high-end vehicles from car dealerships in Michigan and transporting the vehicles to be sold in the Northern District of Ohio. The indictment said the defendants targeted specific vehicles to steal and purchase, including the Dodge Durango, Dodge Ram TRX, Dodge Hellcat, Audi R8 and others.

 

In addition to the car theft conspiracy, Rice, Jones and Harris are charged with organizing and engaging in a conspiracy to rob Postal Service carriers, steal Postal Service mail keys and illegally obtain mail from Postal Service collection boxes. 

 

Court documents said the defendants sought to obtain Postal Service collection box keys from mail carriers in order to steal checks and other items of value from the mail. It is alleged the defendants would often rob mail carriers of their collection box keys while on duty and then pull checks and other items of value from the mail.

 

On Jan. 31, Rice was arrested by law enforcement authorities after...


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