2 Coloradans held in theft of mail, key

A traffic stop Wednesday in Conway led to the arrests of a man and woman from Colorado in whose car authorities found a stolen postal key and several bags of stolen mail, including a tax refund check and a federal stimulus check.

Both people appeared Friday in federal court in Little Rock, where they were arraigned on charges of possessing a stolen postal key, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and theft of mail, punishable by up to five years in prison.

David Alan Gilmore, 31, and Kathleen Lucille Johnson, 40, pleaded innocent to the charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerome Kearney.

According to U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland, the Arkansas Highway Police stopped the vehicle, which displayed a stolen Colorado license plate, and with assistance from Conway police found several bags full of mail, none of which was addressed to either person.

Officers also reported finding 13 credit and debit cards in other peoples' names, as well as the postal key, which is used by postal carriers to open collection boxes, apartment delivery boxes and neighborhood delivery collection box units.

Gilmore and Johnson were being held Friday in the Pulaski County jail, according to the jail's website.

An investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Service.