Feds: New Britain resident charged in USPS tire-stealing incident

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Officials announced Tuesday that a New Britain resident was charged with theft of government property, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.

Steven Knox, 45, appeared in court by video conference Tuesday and has been released from custody on $100,000 bond, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The release said that about 43 tires had been snatched from a U.S. Postal Service vehicle maintenance facility in Hartford on May 19.

“The facility’s surveillance video showed a pickup truck pulling up to the tire shed at approximately 1:30 a.m.,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in the release. “Knox and another individual then broke into the shed, loaded tires into the bed of pickup, and then drove off. Knox was formerly employed by a USPS towing contractor and possessed a key card to access the vehicle maintenance facility’s gate.”

Those found responsible for a theft of government property charge can face up to 10 years in prison, according to the release.