Sting operation implicates mailman for alleged mail thefts

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Investigators said they have identified several victims of stolen mail after they made an arrest. The accused thief? Their own mailman.

Thomas Schoen has been accused of stealing people’s mail in South Glens Falls. Investigators believe he was more interested in finding out what was inside the mail rather than delivering it.

Schoen’s route covered a portion of South Glens Falls that also included the police department. But in early December 2015, investigators said a few people on his route complained that they weren’t getting all of their mail.

Thomas Schoen (NYSP)
Thomas Schoen (NYSP)

The complaints were sent to the inspector general’s office where an investigator decided to conduct a sting operation with an envelope and a gift card.

Investigators said Schoen was found to be in possession of the envelope and gift card after allegedly opening it while parked outside a Dunkin’ Donuts.

Schoen was arraigned in December 2015 in Moreau Town Court on charges of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Official Misconduct. But state police said they are still receiving calls from other potential victims.

Investigators believe Schoen would look for envelopes that might contain gift cards or cash, open them, and then allegedly steal the contents.

No one answered at his Gansevoort home on Tuesday. His attorney told NEWS10 ABC by phone that his client had been a long-time postal worker with a clean record who denied any wrongdoing.

Schoen pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

The Glens Falls postmaster did not return calls for comment about the status of Schoen’s employment.

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