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Buffalo man pleads guilty to stealing mail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Eric Steven Arroyo, 41, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer to theft of mail, which carries 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, stated that on July 27, 2023, the United States Postal Service received a report that Arroyo was opening a blue USPS collection mailbox using a key and removing mail. A Postal Service employee responded to the area and saw Arroyo near another USPS collection mailbox in the area, opening it with a key and removing mail. Arroyo was then seen going behind a nearby business where he opened the mail. Police responded and Arroyo was arrested. Arroyo admitted that he opened the stolen mail, searching for money and gift cards.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Boston Division, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Ketty Larco-Ward, Boston Division, and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

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Barbara Burns


Updated March 27, 2024