Babauta gets probation for mail theft

BABAUTA: Andrew Babauta arrives at the District Court of Guam in Hagåtña for sentencing on Thursday. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

A former mail screener who pleaded guilty to theft of mail was sentenced to one year of probation in the District Court of Guam on Thursday.

Andrew Babauta was caught at work in March 2017, opening and stealing packages that interested him. Court documents state he was a mail screener and cargo screener with Aviation Services International Group at the United Airlines Cargo facility at the time.

According to his plea agreement, Babauta would process mail from the U.S. Postal Service and read the customs declaration form on the packages. He would then open and steal the items he wanted.

Among the stolen items were two GoPro cameras, an Apple Watch, vape mods, a Bose speaker, Nike jackets, an Asus laptop, three pairs of Nike shoes, a Samsung tablet, a Sony PlayStation 4 gaming system and at least two containers of vape juice, documents state.

The total value of the stolen items was listed at less than $6,500, documents state.

Babauta was also ordered to pay restitution.