Ex-Postal Worker Charged with Stealing Thousands of Letters

An undated era street collection mail box from the US is seen in a display at the US National Postal Museum September 27, 2013, in Washington, DC. The popular museum is located opposite Union Station in Washington, DC, USA, and was established through joint agreement between the United States Postal Service and the Smithsonian Institution and opened in 1993. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
An ex-postal worker has been charged with stealing thousands of pieces of mail in Massachusetts.

If you forgot to mail a Father’s Day card this year, you might now have someone to blame for it “not showing up.”

A former postal worker has been charged with stealing more than 7,000 pieces of mail in Malden, Somerville, Medford and Melrose.

According to NECN:

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Steven Bozzi, 36, of Malden was indicted on charges of breaking into a depository, larceny over $250 by a single scheme and possession of burglarious tools, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

In January, a local business grew suspicious of a postal worker after he tried to use a voided gift card. An employee contacted the Malden Police, who then contacted the postal inspector who started an investigation.

Investigators soon learned that the man, later identified as Bozzi, was illegally accessing several blue mail collection boxes that were not part of his route. He was arrested and his home was searched by police:

They recovered 7,689 pieces of mail - 5,156 of which had been opened. None of the mail belonged to Bozzi or his family. Among the stolen items recovered were a computer, six cell phones, a Kindle, more than 20 gift cards, Massachusetts driver's licenses and identification cards, and thousands of items of personal mail.

Bozzi is secheduled to be arraigned on June 25 at the Woburn Superior Court. All unopened mail is now being properly delivered by the Postal Service.