What do prescription pills, jewelry, copies of Playboy magazine and passports have in common?
These items -- and more -- were stolen by Quan Howard, a Postal Service supervisory postal inspector once named federal employee of the year for the San Francisco Bay area, court records analyzed by the San Francisco Chronicle show.
Howard, 52, of Saratoga, used his position to order employees at a San Jose USPS processing and distribution center to call his office or personal cell phone whenever cash, drugs, electronics, jewelry, rare coins, precious metals and other items were found loose in the mail, according to an affidavit signed by Christine Hodakievic, a special agent with the Postal Service inspector general.
Howard told his fellow employees he would help return the items to their owners, but would actually either take them from the distribution center or hide them around the facility.
Howard also took extra precautions in an effort to avoid being caught when taking the items or hiding them, Hodakievic wrote.
In 2012, he was named "Federal Employee of the Year" by the San Francisco Bay Area Federal Executive Board, which coordinates federal agencies in the region, according to to the San Francisco Chronicle.
San Jose federal prosecutors charged Howard with delaying and destroying mail, theft of mail and possession of stolen mail from 2013 to 2014, the Chronicle reported.