Former U.S. postal worker sentenced for mail theft

The local Ronald McDonald House and University students were among the victims.

by Brent Renneke and Kyle Sando

A former U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was sentenced Wednesday for stealing mail from the Ronald McDonald House near the University of Minnesota campus, according to the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. Timothy J. Krolick, 30, was sentenced to eight months in prison and was ordered to pay a total restitution of $1,350 to the Ronald McDonald House, according to the District Court. Krolick was employed with the Postal Service from about May 29, 2008 to about Feb. 6, 2009, according to the District Court. He was sentenced after having entered into a plea agreement with the prosecuting attorneys. The maximum prison sentence for this kind of case is five years and the maximum fine is $250,000. Krolick stole letters that contained U.S. currency, gift cards and other items of value, according to the District Court. Technically, the contents stolen were from letters addressed to guests of the Ronald McDonald House, said Jeanne Cooney, director of community relations at the U.S. AttorneyâÄôs Office in the district of Minnesota. âÄúThe victims include tenants from the Ronald McDonald House, and then other victims included residential postal customers in that area, many of which were students at the University [of Minnesota],âÄù Cooney said. She said the Ronald McDonald House was the only victim to step forward in the case. Cooney said the amount of restitution Krolick now has to pay was mostly derived from his own testimony. âÄúIn some cases itâÄôs just very difficult to determine the individual victims and the exact dollar amounts that they lost,âÄù she said. âÄúSometimes you just have to go with what the defendant is saying.âÄù Krolick will serve his term of imprisonment at the Residential Reentry Center in Anoka, Minn., according to the District Court. After completing his term, he will be on supervised release for three years. Heather Glasso, Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest director of advancement, said in a statement, âÄúWe are truly sorry for the families who may have been affected by this.âÄù