NY man arrested for breaking into mailboxes outside post office had key

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After a months-long investigation, Springfield police arrested Eric Encarnacion-Medina outside the Belmont Avenue Post Office this week.

Surveillance cameras were set up outside the State Street and Belmont Ave. post offices showed the Bronx resident using a key to open mailboxes and stealing the contents. The arrest has people thinking twice about mailing any kind of money.

“It does definitely and anytime I would mail something, not specific to this mailbox, but I would always mail it from inside,” said Ann Harper.

Checks and money orders were being stolen, the recipients’ names changed, and were cashed in fraudulent accounts.

22News spoke with a U.S. Postal Inspector who said in order to open the mailboxes you need a specialized key called an arrow key. Unless you’re are a postal worker, just being in possession of this key is a felony.


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