A U.S. postal worker from San Bruno stole thousands of pieces of mail to obtain credit cards he then passed out to friends and was found with more than 3,000 undelivered pieces at his home when arrested, according prosecutors.
Most of the thefts attributed to Romeo Maniulit Natan, 38, occurred in the Devonshire Avenue area of San Carlos. Natan was fingered as the culprit after being caught on a surveillance video at the Target store in Colma using stolen cards and an alleged accomplice caught using a different stolen card implicated him as the source.
Natan is accused of distributing stolen cards from the purloined mail to many in the North County Filipino community including three men also facing charges themselves, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
A Daly City police search of Natan’s San Bruno home reportedly turned up bags of undelivered mail, including more than 2,000 pieces in a storage closer and more than 1,000 pieces in the trunk of his car.
Natan appeared in court Friday for initial arraignment on charges of identity theft, possession of stolen property and second-degree burglary. He pleaded not guilty to all counts. He asked for a court-appointed attorney and did not waive his right to a speedy trial so returns to court Jan. 7 for a preliminary hearing. He also is scheduled for a superior court review conference Dec. 27.
Bail was set at $150,000 and he remains in custody.
If convicted, he faces six to seven years, Wagstaffe said.
Michelle Durand can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 102.