According to a news release provided by Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri,, David Thompson, 54, of Warrensburg, Mo., was charged with stealing mail by a postal employee.

The indictment notes Thompson stole at least 20,000 pieces of mail that were addressed to more than 5,000 people. The release states Thompson allegedly threw the mail into a dumpster or kept it in his house and personal vehicle.

Thompson was suspected of drinking alcohol on the job in late 2013. Postal inspectors conducted an investigation and installed a camera in his mail delivery vehicle. The time from Dec. 16, 2013, to Jan. 18, 2014, the indictment says, Thompson was caught on video drinking five to eight beers each day while on his delivery route. Additionally, video footage showed Thompson was either throwing undelivered mail away into the trash, or keeping it at his house and personal vehicle.

Thompson was a member and Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in Warrensburg and postal inspectors recovered four black plastic trash bags from behind the Elk’s Lodge in a dumpster, the release states. It was discovered that the bags contained 44 pieces of first-class mail, 57 pieces of periodical mail and 463 pieces of standard mail.  It was determined that the mail should have been delivered by the week of January 11, 2014.

The release states Jacob Crisp, 24, formerly of Kansas City, Mo. was charged with misappropriating federal postal funds.

According to the indictment against Crisp, he was a sales and service distribution associate at the North Kansas City, Mo., post office. The release states the time from June 3, 2013, to Feb. 11, 2014, Crisp allegedly was involved in a scheme to void more than $5,000 worth of retail transactions in the computer system at the post office and replace them with no-sale transactions. This action allowed Crisp to embezzle the money customers for post office products.

The indictment against Crisp notes that he was on video clearly hitting the “void” key for sales transactions. Additionally, Crisp was seen on video taking money from the cash drawer and putting it in his pocket, the indictment says.