2 men arrested in theft of postal money orders

Baltimoreans are suspects in break-in at post office June 19 in Glacier, Wash.

July 29, 1999|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two Baltimore men suspected of being members of an interstate gang cashing U.S. Postal Service money orders stolen last month in Washington state have been arrested in the city, a postal official said.

Postal Inspector Tom Boyle said yesterday that a third man and a woman -- both of Baltimore -- connected with the gang were being sought.

Boyle said charges were pending against a second Baltimore woman, who tried to cash two stolen money orders several days ago.

He said the post office in Glacier, Wash., was burglarized June 19, and 150 money orders and a money-order printing machine were stolen.

Each money order has a maximum value of $700, the postal inspector said.

The money orders and the printing machine were specific targets of the burglars, Boyle said.

Money orders taken in the burglary also have shown up in Seattle, Chicago and New York.

James C. Roy, 55, of the 400 block of Bloom St. in West Baltimore was arrested yesterday when he tried to cash a stolen money order for $700 at a post office branch in the 1800 block of Pennsylvania Ave., Boyle said.

Roy was charged with possession of and attempting to pass stolen money orders. He was being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

On July 2, a man whose identity was not available was arrested at a Northwest Baltimore post office when he tried to cash a stolen money order, Boyle said.

The man remains in custody on the same charges that were placed against Roy.

A woman, 32, was detained July 9 by police when she tried to cash two stolen money orders at a check-cashing store in the 100 block of W. North Ave., Boyle said.

Charges against her were pending.

A man and woman who fled when police arrived at the check-cashing store were being sought, the postal inspector said.

Boyle said a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two men being sought.

Pub Date: 7/29/99

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