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Man sentenced for stealing mail being loaded on to planes at McCarran airport

Posted at 5:36 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 23:01:29-05
An employee responsible for handling mail being loaded on airlines at McCarran International Airport was sentenced on Thursday to 30 months of probation for his guilty plea of stealing mail containing cash or gift cards.
27-year-old Martin Sagaga Lio Jr. pleaded guilty on May 9 to one count of mail theft. He was indicted on March 1.
According to court records, between Dec. 6, 2015 and Feb. 25, 2016, Lio was employed by Swissport, the contracted company authorized to handle mail being loaded on airlines at McCarran International Airport.
During this time, Lio admitted that he stole mail from mail trays which were being loaded in the cargo areas of various aircraft.  He searched the mail for gift card sized envelopes which he would conceal in his clothing and take to various employee restrooms within the airport.  
After searching for and removing cash or gift cards, Lio would discard the opened mail in the restroom trash cans.
A total of 248 mail items which Lio stole and threw away were recovered from employee restroom trash cans.