Man who stole gift cards from mail charged with embezzlement from Speedway

WYOMING, MICH. - A former Wyoming letter carrier who admitted to pilfering cash and gift cards is now charged with embezzling from a Speedway gas station after being on the job for only two months.

Alexis Odelin is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Wyoming District Court on a misdemeanor embezzlement charge that could put him behind bars for up to a year. Odelin told investigators he thought he could “outsmart the system,’’ court records show.

He’s already awaiting sentencing in federal court for mail theft, a five-year offense. Federal authorities have asked that his bond be revoked; a hearing is set for Thursday.

Odelin, 26, was indicted in July for theft of mail contents while working for the U.S. Postal Service in Wyoming. The thefts occurred between January and May.

He stole gift cards, cash and other items of value from various greeting cards, according to the indictment. The government pegs losses at $452.

He was hired by the postal service despite a 2015 shoplifting conviction in Wyoming.

Odelin pleaded guilty in August 2015 to retail fraud at Walmart and was sentenced to one year of probation. Within two months, he was hired by the post office. Odelin lost that job after the indictment was filed. He pleaded guilty Sept. 20 to theft of mail contents by a USPS employee; sentencing is scheduled for late January.

After losing his job with the post office, Odelin landed a position at Speedway, 1300 Burton St. SW, just a few blocks north of the Wyoming Police Department.

A Speedway manager last month contacted Wyoming police after determining $500 had been stolen over a span of four days.

Cashiers are required to put money from the cash register into a safe at the end of their shift and document how much money is being placed in the safe, court records show.

A review of paperwork indicates the amount put in the safe on Sept. 26 was $200 less than the amount documented by Odelin. On Sept. 29, a $300 shortfall was noted, court records show.

“The manager stated he then reviewed the surveillance for those dates and Mr. Odelin can be seen taking money from the cash register and placing it in his pocket,’’ federal court records show.

Odelin admitted to taking the cash and was promptly fired, court records show. He had been working at the station for two months when the thefts occurred.

“He stated that he stole a total of $500 and did so because he believed he could outsmart the system,’’ U.S. Probation Officer Rosalynda Alvarado-Hillary wrote in an Oct. 5 bond violation notice. “Mr. Odelin stated he took the U.S. currency because he was in the process of moving and he needed money.’’

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