Breaux Bridge man pleads guilty to stealing Lafayette, St. Martin Parish mail

Posted at 2:38 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 15:38:58-04

A Breaux Bridge man has pleaded guilty to possessing stolen mail from Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes, according to United State Attorney David C. Joseph.

In a release, Joseph says that 35-year-old Kyle Joseph Collette of Breaux Bridge pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that he possessed stolen mail from Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes.

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated an incident back in February 2016 that led to the discovery of reported stolen items and mail at a Lafayette storage unit. A Lafayette motel room was also allegedly used by Collette to store additional stolen items. Mail from addresses in Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes were found in that motel room.

An investigation found that mail had allegedly been removed by Collette from mailboxes in both Lafayette and St. Martin parishes.

Collette faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing has been set for January 2, 2019.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Postal Service, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Ayo is prosecuting the case.