Man From Scituate Charged With Stealing Packages In Southcoast Area
A man from Scituate, Massachusetts was accused of stealing mail and other delivered items, such as letters, bills, small packages, and flyers in front of houses in East Taunton, Falmouth, Mashpee, Marston Mills, Cotuit, Wareham and Sagamore.
According to WCVB 5, 24 year-old Ryan Hudson, of Scituate, was held on $1,000 bail yesterday in Taunton District Court. He pleaded not guilty to a single count of receiving stolen property. Also, it is possible that federal charges may follow, pending a review of the case by a U.S. Postal Inspector.
Taunton police stated that they spotted Hudson shortly after midnight Tuesday near Staples Street after getting two calls of a suspicious vehicle in the area.
Once police caught up to Hudson, they pulled him over after they noticed a City of Taunton tax bill addressed to a resident living at Dolan Circle inside of Hudson’s blue Ford Fusion.
Hudson told officers that he had just come from a friend’s house nearby and he could not recall his nearby friend’s address.
He also told Taunton police that what he had in a nylon laundry bag was dirty laundry, but it was actually mail.
In addition to the opened mail, which included bills and holiday cards, police found that Hudson was carrying “14 debit, credit and membership cards, all assigned to other people, as well as 13 reward/gift/courtesy cards in other people’s names.”
Also, he had six women’s wallets and four personal checks made out in amounts ranging from $363 to $1,520.
Judge Thomas Finigan ordered Hudson be held on $1,000. The state of Massachusetts asked that bail be set at $3,000.
The prosecution noted that the case is also being investigated by U.S. Postal inspector as a potential federal crime.
Hudson will be due back in court for a pretrial hearing on February 4.
With additional reporting by Sal Lopez