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Accused mail thief pleads guilty in Hancock County

Carl Werstein Carl Werstein

Also pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Winnebagor county.

Posted: Nov. 2, 2018 4:41 PM
Updated: Nov. 2, 2018 5:34 PM

FOREST CITY, Iowa – A man accused of mail theft and dealing marijuana is pleading guilty in both cases.

Carl Douglas Werstein, 36 of Leland, pleaded guilty in Hancock County to ongoing criminal conduct. Authorities say he stole more than $1,000 of items from 12 different rural mailboxes between December 2017 and March 2018.

Melissa Albertson

While investigating the mail thefts, law enforcement says it searched a home in Winnebago County where Werstein lived with Melissa Colleen Albertson, 31 of Leland. The search turned up marijuana, a scale, and multiple forms of drug paraphernalia.

That led to Werstein pleading guilty in Winnebago County to one count of conspiracy.

He is set to be sentenced for both crimes on January 8, 2018.

Albertson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver marijuana. She was sentenced Friday to five years of supervised probation and a $750 civil penalty. Albertson received a deferred judgment, which means this conviction will be wiped from her record if she meets all the requirements of her probation.

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