An Anchorage man who was previously convicted on a felony assault charge is now accused of stealing cellphones from the United States Postal Service. Tuesday, he was charged in federal court.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s Office, 41-year-old Jermaine N. Sails, who was employed by a private contractor which handled U.S. mail, took numerous packages containing cellphones from the mail beginning in October 2016 through August of 2017. 

"Approximately 400 cellphones with an approximate value of $50,000 were reported as missing from the U.S. mail during this timeframe," the release read. 

On August 30, a special agent with the USPS confronted Sails about the missing cellphones. During the meeting, Sails was found in possession of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, according to the U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s Office.

If convicted of mail obstruction, Sail could face a sentence of up to five years in prison; if convicted of felon in possession of a firearm, he could face an additional 10 years in prison. 

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