A man from New York stole more than $ 12,000 in stimulus checks and now can go to prison for 5 years
NYPD managed to arrest a man who robbed mailboxes. After the 31-year-old Feng Chen was detained, officers during a search revealed 12,000 dollars worth of stimulus checks belonging to other people.
The search revealed “more than $ 12,000, credit cards, opened envelopes and letters bearing the names of various individuals and mail addresses,” prosecutors wrote.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Chen was caught red handed on Tuesday in Brooklyn. It is reported that a police patrol saw a suspect who was poking around in mailboxes.
When Chen realized that the police had noticed him, he threw part of the loot and tried to escape.
"For many families, these stimulus checks are a lifeline in these difficult times and anyone who tries to cut that lifeline will face the full weight of the law,” Eastern District Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement. “This Office will vigorously prosecute all those who seek to take advantage of the public health crisis.”
To date, Chen has not yet acquired a lawyer. He faces up to five years in prison for stealing mail and resisting arrest.
"Bad actors, criminals, they look for opportunity and this is an opportunity like we've never seen before," said Donna Harris of the United State Postal Inspection Service, according to ABC7 NY. "What we say is, when you get your mail, don't leave it in the mailbox."