– Allison Goldsberry
A former Malden postal worker has been charged with stealing more than 7,000 pieces of mail, including mail containing gift cards, cell phones, and Christmas cards and presents, from residents of Malden, Medford, Somerville, and Melrose.
According to information released by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis, Steven Bozzi, 36, of Malden, was arrested February 1 and charged with larceny over $250, breaking into a depository, receiving stolen property, possession of a burglarious tool, and possession of a Class B controlled substance.
He was arraigned Monday in Malden District Court. Bozzi was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail with conditions that he be placed on a GPS monitoring device, remain drug free, and submit to random drug screenings.
“For the past three months, we allege, this defendant has been stealing from post office collection boxes from several communities, stealing personal cards, gifts and packages,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Not only did this defendant allegedly defraud our postal service, he stole gifts and cards that were to be exchanged among families and loved ones during the holiday season.”
Police discovered more than 7,600 pieces of mail in Bozzi’s home, over 5,000 of which had been opened, and none of which belonged to him or his family. Police found numerous items allegedly stolen, including a computer, six cell phones, a Kindle, over twenty gift cards, Massachusetts drivers licenses and identification cards, and thousands of items of personal mail.
Police were tipped off when they were contacted by a local business in January reporting that a man, later identified as Bozzi, tried to use a gift card that had been voided after the purchaser didn’t receive the card in the mail.
According to information released by DA Ryan, all unopened mail is being sent to postal authorities to be appropriately delivered. Anyone who believes their mail may have been stolen are asked to file a report with the USPS Office of the Inspector General by emailing their name, address, the date mail was sent, specific contents of the items mailed, and its value to firstname.lastname@example.org.