Postman pleads guilty to stealing University area mail

Timothy J. Krolick pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in federal court earlier this week.

Alex Ebert

A U.S. postman pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing mail from his route around the University of Minnesota. Timothy J. Krolick, 29, of Ramsey, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of mail theft. He faces as much as five years in prison. Krolick, who is now on involuntary leave without pay, was hired December of 2004. He delivered mail from the University Station delivery area, Jeanne Cooney, U.S. Attorney Office spokeswoman, said. This area covers the 55414 and 55455 ZIP Codes, which encompass many University neighborhoods. Customer complaints lead to a U.S. Postal Service inspection. Krolick was indicted on June 9, and admitted that he stole mail on Feb. 6, 2009. Pete Nowacki, spokesman for United States Postal Service, and managers from the University Station post office all said they were not at liberty to talk with the press. Cooney said that the kind of mail stolen and the approximate dollar amount are not public information at this time. Minneapolis U.S. District Court Judge David Doty will determine Krolick’s sentence at a future date.