2017-05-10 / Front Page

Mailman Admits To $20G In Package Thefts

A 54-year-old U.S. Postal worker was arrested on April 28 after he admitted to stealing approximately $20,000 worth of parcels since April 2015 from customers on his Elmhurst route, police said.

Richard Wong, 54, of Fresh Meadows, was arrested at his job at the Elmhurst Post Office after he was spotted stealing an Amazon package that was sent to a customer on his route, authorities said.

Police said investigators at the U.S. Postal Service took a close look at Wang’s activities after a resident spotted him opening the Amazon box in the lobby of an Elmhurst building on April 27.

Wang told investigators that he stole five to ten packages each week for about two years. Cops said Wang, a 25-year veteran U.S. Postal worker, often sent the merchandise to a fence in Canada, raking-in about $1,000 a month from the stolen goods.

Wang was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and official misconduct at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court, where he was released without bail.

–Liz Goff

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