A 36-year-old Inver Grove Heights man has been accused of stealing packages from his place of employment, the United Parcel Service distribution facility in Eagan.
Phat Vinh Nguyen is charged with one count of mail theft. The felony is punishable by up to three years in jail and a fine of between $1,500 and $5,000.
According to a Dakota County criminal summons released Tuesday:
A UPS employee reported to United Parcel Service Security that Nguyen allegedly was stealing packages from the facility’s customer service area. Surveillance was set up, and Nguyen alleged was seen taking packages on three occasions between April 9 and April 16.
On April 17, Nguyen reportedly agreed to be interviewed by postal inspectors. Saying he believed he was a “kleptomaniac,” he admitted to stealing packages beginning in February 2012. He reportedly started stealing a package “every now and then,” but that progressed to a daily occurrence.
Investigators reportedly received permission to search Nguyen’s vehicle, where they found five Red Wing Shoe boxes that allegedly had been stolen from the facility.