2 Cullman teens busted for stealing mail, packages

Nathaniel England, left; Rylie Killion, right (Cullman Police Department)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Two Cullman teenagers were arrested by the Cullman Police Department Tuesday night following at least two weeks of alleged mail theft.

Nathaniel England, 18, and Rylie Killion, 19, are each charged with five counts of fourth-degree theft of property. Each could also be facing federal charges.

“We’ve been having, us and the sheriff’s office, have been having reports of mail being stolen from mailboxes throughout Cullman and Cullman County,” said Sgt. Adam Clark. “Last night, somebody saw the suspects stealing their mail, followed them, I think they lost them, then located them at Highway 157 and 31.”

When the vehicle was stopped, stolen mail was found inside, according to Clark.

“They found a bunch of mail inside the vehicle that belonged to residents on Scenic Drive, Stadium Drive, Fifth Avenue Northeast, Fourth Avenue Northeast, around in that area, along with County Road 1324, County Road 1327 and County Road 1162,” said Clark.

“We brought them back to the police department, and they confessed to stealing the mail Monday night and Tuesday night,” he said. “We believe that they’re the ones that have been stealing the mail all along, last week and the week before.”

Clark said also recovered was mail dumped on Scott Street and mail, gifts and packages from online shopping/ package delivery services.

“They had some of the stuff listed online for sale,” he said.

“The United States postal inspector came in this (Wednesday) morning, talked to them both,” he continued, “and I think they’re presenting the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in an attempt to seek charges federally.”

Both were booked into the Cullman County Detention Center.

“We also have some unclaimed merchandise, that we don’t know who it belongs to,” said Clark. “So, if anybody’s had any items that have been stolen or packages that haven’t been delivered, they can give me a description of the item or even bring in their order form, and we can return their property to them.”

Reach the CPD at 256-775-7145.

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