Buffalo Man Faces Prison for Theft of Stolen Mail After Caught in the Act

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WNY News Now) – Eric Steven Arroyo, a 41-year-old resident of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with theft or receipt of stolen mail, as announced by U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross today. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Franz M. Wright, who is handling the case, revealed that the incident took place late in the morning on July 27, 2023. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service received a notification that an individual not affiliated with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) was seen opening a blue USPS Collection Box near Tonawanda and Briggs Streets in Buffalo. The complaint states that a person on a fat tire bicycle was using a key to unlock the collection box, stealing the mail, relocking it, and swiftly departing the area.

Subsequently, Buffalo Police found Arroyo behind a nearby building, in the act of opening the stolen mail, leading to his immediate arrest.

Arroyo appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer for an initial hearing and was subsequently released under specific conditions.

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