HOULTON — A longtime U.S. Postal Service employee in northern Maine faces multiple charges for allegedly stealing prescription drugs that were being mailed to veterans.

Police in Houlton say 57-year-old Joey Skehan, who has been a postal worker for 32 years, was charged Monday following an investigation by police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Police Chief Butch Asselin told the Bangor Daily News that Skehan allegedly took packages containing medications while sorting the mail in the early morning hours. The packages were mailed by the Veterans Health Administration to veterans in the Houlton area.

Skehan is free on $2,500 bail. Nobody answered the phone today at the number listed in Skehan’s name.