COBLESKILL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A United States Postal worker is facing charges after being accused of stealing mail while on his route.
“My mom said it was in the mail, and it didn’t come,” Greg Tuck said.
Every year, Tuck’s son gets a gift card for his birthday, but this year, it never made it to their mailbox.
“He was upset, absolutely, cause you know, he counts on it every year,” Tuck said.
Tuck’s son wasn’t the only one whose mail went missing.
“A lot of people in the neighborhood have been asking, ‘Did you get my mail? I didn’t get a bill I was supposed to get,’” Tuck said.
“We’re still exploring possibilities that he may have utilized other people to help him,” Cobleskill Police Chief Rich Bialkowski said.
USPS said they take allegations of theft by employees seriously in a statement saying: “Our agency will vigorously investigate allegations of theft of mail by a U.S. Postal Service employee.”
“It was kind of like the Grinch, you know,” Tuck said. “He took something a kid was counting on, and you know, to buy something he really, really wanted for his birthday.”
Tuck lives on VanSteele’s delivery route. He called the allegations a violation of trust.
“You would expect honesty and a little bit of integrity from people delivering your mail,” he said.
Tuck hopes VanSteele will be punished if he’s found guilty.
“It bothers me that somebody, you know, made my son upset,” he said.