Flatbush U.S. Postal Service delivery person arrested for stealing 40,000 pieces of mail (video)By Mason White 4:26 PM September 29, 2014
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A Flatbush United States Postal Service (USPS) delivery person was arrested on charges of delay or destruction of mail or newspapers after allegedly stealing 40,000 pieces of mail, police in New York said.
Brooklyn Police said that tens of thousands of letters, junk mail and packages were found hidden in the apartment of 67-year-old Joseph Brucato.
Brucato, who worked with the United States Postal Service since 2001, is accused of illegally keeping some 40,000 letters and parcels.
The 40,000 pieces of mail was put back in the system and will be delivered this week, USPS said in a statement.
The suspect’s hoarding came to light when a supervisor at the post office saw what appeared to be undelivered letters inside Brucato’s personal vehicle and questioned him.
Brucato told his supervisor that the mail in his car had been there for at least six months. Investigators found a total of about 2,500 pounds of mail dating back to 2005.
Brucato was charged with the delay or destruction of mail or newspapers, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.