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Malden mailman faces charges in theft of 7,000 pieces of mail

A Malden postal worker is facing charges that he stole more than 7,000 pieces of mail, including Christmas cards and presents, from residents of Malden, Somerville, Medford, and Melrose, authorities announced Friday.

Steven Bozzi, 36, was indicted earlier this week on charges of breaking into a depository, larceny over $250 by a single scheme, and possession of burglarious tools, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said.

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Bozzi is to be arraigned June 25 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Ryan said.

Bozzi’s alleged thefts were detected in January when a local business owner said Bozzi had attempted to use a gift card that had previously been voided, officials said.

Following an investigation by Malden police and the US Postal Inspection Service, Bozzi was arrested Feb. 1, when police allegedly witnessed him open and take mail from multiple blue mail-collection boxes that he was not authorized to open, Ryan said.

Bozzi consented to a search of his home, where police discovered 7,689 pieces of mail, more than half of which had been opened. None of the mail belonged to Bozzi or his family, police said.

Officers also found a computer, six cellphones, a Kindle, and more than 20 gift cards, driver’s licenses, and identification cards, officials said.

Unopened mail was sent to postal authorities to be properly delivered, and police are urging people who believe their mail was stolen to file a report with the US Postal Service Office of the Inspector General.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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