A letter carrier pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he stole mail along his Malden route, police said.
Steven Bozzi, 36, was arraigned in Malden District Court on five charges, including breaking into a depository (people’s mailboxes), possession of a burglarious instrument, and drug possession. He was released on $2,500 cash bail on the condition that he wear a GPS monitoring device and is slated to return to court on June 3, a court clerk said.
Bozzi, a Malden resident, was arrested Saturday, said Malden police Detective Marc Gatcomb. Gatcomb declined further comment, saying the investigation is being overseen by the Middlesex district attorney’s office.
After investigation, police found 7,689 pieces of mail in Bozzi’s home. About 5,000 pieces were opened, none of which belonged to the defendant or his family. Officers also recovered a computer, six cellular phones, a Kindle, more than 20 gift cards, Massachusetts drivers licenses, and identification cards, the district attorney’s office said.
“For the past three months, we allege, this defendant has been stealing from post office collection boxes from several communities, stealing personal cards, gifts and packages,” said District Attorney Marian T. Ryan. “Not only did this defendant allegedly defraud our Postal Service, he stole gifts and cards that were to be exchanged among families and loved ones during the holiday season.”
All unopened mail is being sent to postal authorities to be delivered. People who believe their mail may have been stolen are asked to file a report with the Office of the Inspector General at the US Postal Service.
Bozzi’s arrest followed an announcement last week by US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz that a former mail sorter was sentenced in US District Court to a year of probation and a $789 fine for stealing mail.
Michael Gilman, 27, of Taunton worked at the Postal Service facility in Brockton. He was found to have opened and stolen the contents of at least 20 greeting cards, containing cash and gift cards, over a two-month period.Catalina Gaitan can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan. Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@
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