Greenbrier County man faces prison time after post office break-ins

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A Greenbrier County man faces five years in federal prison after admitting to breaking into two post offices.

Matthew Riffle

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said Matthew Riffle, 29, of Rupert pleaded guilty Friday.

Riffle broke into the Smoot Post Office in Greenbrier County on March 30, 2019 and then the next day, March 31, 2019, he broke into the Springdale Post Office in Fayette County. He tried to go back to Smoot the next day but was unsuccessful. He was arrested on April 2, 2019.

“Riffle not only broke into a post office- he admitted he broke into two,” Stuart said. “The security of our post offices is critical. In a season of massive amounts of ballots being delivered by mail, this case echoes the worries of many in the country as to post office and postal service security. I commend the tremendous work of the U. S. Postal Inspection Service and the Sheriff’s Departments of Greenbrier and Fayette counties.”

Riffle took a postage meter, mail, stamps and some cash.

Riffle will be sentenced Jan. 8, 2021. he faces up to five years in prison, a fine and restitution.

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