1 arrested for stealing holiday gift cards from mail


By Owen Wells - [email protected]



CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — With the arrival of spring, police were reportedly given a reminder of this past holiday — an alleged grinch has been arrested.

A postal worker has been accused of pilfering cash and gift cards from the mail this holiday season.

Trooper Z.S. Holden, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he spoke with a victim who stated he mailed his relatives gift cards.

The victim noted his relatives had not received the cards within a few days.

Several hundred dollars and gift cards to Lowes, Outback and Chick-fil-a

The criminal complaint filed by Holden notes he was contacted by an employee of the postal service with information alleging Patrick Javins, 29, of Chapmanville, was, “…mishandling mail.”

Further contact with Lowes reportedly matched a card Javins used in the store to a gift card purchased by the defendant.

Javins could eventually be charged with a federal offense by a federal prosecutor.

In Logan County Magistrate Court, Javins was charged with a misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

Bail was set at $2,500.

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Criminal complaints are public record and any charges contained therein are merely accusations. Anyone accused of a crime should be considered innocent until they are proven guilty.

By Owen Wells

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