2018-05-16 / Front Page

Cops Stamp Out Mailbox Thief

By Liz Goff
Police in Forest Hills last week arrested a 30-year-old Bronx man who, along with two accomplices, was trying out a new way to move the mail.

Cops assigned to the 112th Precinct’s Midnight Crime Team were on routine patrol at about 3:10 a.m. on May 11, when they came across three men who were squeezing a USPS (United States Postal Service) mailbox into the rear of a Honda Odyssey.

The crooks parked the gray, 2004 Honda hatchback at Yellowstone Boulevard and 67th Road just before 3 a.m. on May 11, then unbolted the blue mailbox from the sidewalk and wedged it into the Honda unnoticed, police said.

Members of the Midnight Crime Team pulled up at the scene moments later, where they spotted two of the men carrying the mailbox and stuffing it onto the Honda, an NYPD spokesperson said. The two thieves fled the scene, leaving the third man behind.

The cops arrested Joadin Espinal Rodruguez, 30, of the Bronx, who was charged with grand larceny, criminal tampering, criminal possession of burglary tools and criminal possession of stolen property.

NYPD Assistant Chief Juanita Holmes, commanding officer of Patrol Boough Queens North, applauded the officers that made the arrest, tweeting “Great arrest by the @NYPD112Pct Midnight Crime Team protecting New Yorkers while most are asleep.”

Police are searching for Rodriguez’ two accomplices and are urging anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


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