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Federal charges filed for mail theft and vehicle theft

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Federal charges have been filed against four men in connection with the theft of U.S. mail and a carjacking ring.

The charges were filed late last month in the US District Court in Akron.

The four are accused of stealing the U.S. Postal Service master keys that unlock blue mailboxes. The indictment also says they were stealing checks from the courier.

Federal court documents indicate that the four men, Jaylen Harris, Lavelle Jones, Devin Rice and Hakim Benjamin, are also linked to a car theft ring involving expensive Dodge vehicles.

Court documents allege the four stole approximately $2.7 million worth of vehicles and mail combined. They face several charges. Some of the charges are conspiracy and theft of US mail.

A suspect, Rice, also faces a charge of stealing from a mail carrier. Rice was arrested by Shaker Heights police in January shortly after a mail carrier had his key stolen.

Court documents say that during a search of the vehicle Rice was driving the night of her arrest, police found a USPS key, stolen mail and bank deposits displaying checks in different names.

Some of the suspects are due back in court next week.