NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Talk of the Sound has obtained photographs of hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces of undelivered mail shoved into a dumpster behind the New Rochelle Post Office.
These photos were taken Monday night on July 24th.
Over the past several years, tales have emanated out of the New Rochelle Post Office of mail not delivered, deliveries falsely scanned as "attempted delivered" and simply tossed in the dumpster. Your author has experienced some of this personally.
"The dumpster behind the PO is constantly filled with mail," said one source who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation. "They throw out all classes."
The mail includes CVS coupon mailers, Verizon FioS bills, a letter to a doctor on Burling Lane, a KeyBank promotional mailer, a Dell mailer to a family at 175 Huguenot Street, a letter from a college to a man on Sickles Avenue, a family on Brookdale Avenue, a mailer from Empire Casino and many more.
18 U.S. Code § 1708 - Theft or receipt of stolen mail matter generally states:
Whoever steals, takes, or abstracts, or by fraud or deception obtains, or attempts so to obtain, from or out of any mail, post office, or station thereof, letter box, mail receptacle, or any mail route or other authorized depository for mail matter, or from a letter or mail carrier, any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or abstracts or removes from any such letter, package, bag, or mail, any article or thing contained therein, or secretes, embezzles, or destroys any such letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or any article or thing contained therein; or Whoever steals, takes, or abstracts, or by fraud or deception obtains any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or any article or thing contained therein which has been left for collection upon or adjacent to a collection box or other authorized depository of mail matter; or Whoever buys, receives, or conceals, or unlawfully has in his possession, any letter, postal card, package, bag, or mail, or any article or thing contained therein, which has been so stolen, taken, embezzled, or abstracted, as herein described, knowing the same to have been stolen, taken, embezzled, or abstracted— Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
The fine is $5,000.
UPDATE: The United States Postal Inspection Service Office of Inspector General has opened a federal investigation into this matter.