BALTIMORE — Federal authorities have charged a Baltimore-area postal worker with stealing more than 20,000 pieces of mail, including magazines, videos, passports and gift cards.

Authorities say Jeffrey Shipley was a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier from 1993 to March 2014. Now he’s accused of stealing more than 20,000 items, including checks, money orders, prescription drugs and letters.

He was arrested March 10 and was charged last week with theft and destruction of mail. Tampering with mail is a federal offense. Officers have recovered 55 gift cards, 15 credit cards and other items from Shipley’s home in Millersville.

Investigators say Shipley primarily stole from the Parkville branch and Catonsville carrier annex. The two locations were not on his assigned route.

The case remains under investigation.

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