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Tamaqua man sentenced to state prison for theft incident

Published October 08. 2013 05:00PM

A Tamaqua area man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in Carbon County court for the theft of more than $7,000 worth of merchandise from the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

Frederick Andrew Postie, 42, of Tamaqua R.D., Rush Township, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 12 to 30 months in a state correctional institution on a charge of retail theft, as a felony three.

Postie was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 5 of the retail theft charge and attempted retail theft. Postie represented himself at the trial.

He was charged by township police with removing 13 iPhones from the store that had an estimated value of $8,254. The incident occurred on July 22, 2012, about 2 a.m. Police called the incident a "smash-and-grab" theft.

Postie is currently in a state prison serving a sentence imposed in Northampton County for a similar type incident. He is also awaiting trial in Carbon County on charges of burglary, criminal conspiray-burglary, theft, and related counts. There are two co-defendants in that case.

Postie is also facing criminal charges in Schuylkill County.

Although Postie represented himself at the trial and at yesterday's proceeding, he was assisted by Attorney Joseph V. Sebelin Jr., of Lehighton, who was appointed as his standby counsel by Serfass.

Sebelin asked the court to sentence Postie in the low end of the state sentencing guildelines. Postie asked Serfass to run any sentence imposed concurrent with his Northampton sentence.

Serfass rejected both requests as the sentence imposed was at the high end of the guidelines and he ruled it run consecutive to his current sentence.

Additionally, Serfass ordered Postie make restitution of $7,787 to Walmart, the amount requested by the store, to supply a DNA sample, and when released from prison render 125 hours of community service. Postie must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000.

He was given credit for four days spent in jail on the charges.

Serfass also ruled that the second count of attempted retail theft merges with retail theft charge for sentencing purposes.

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