SOUTH GLENS FALLS – State Police have recovered bags of mail that a postal carrier accused of stealing mail apparently never delivered and had in his home, authorities said.
Thomas M. Schoen was arrested after a sting last month by the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property and misdemeanor official misconduct.
State Police Investigator Jamie Barber would not comment on what police found, but added, “It appears he has been doing this for a while.”
Schoen, 52, of Gansevoort, was arrested after Postal Service officials received complaints about missing mail on his route and arranged for controlled mail deliveries. He was caught opening one envelope and taking a gift card that was inside, court records allege.
His lawyer, Tucker Stanclift, said Schoen has pleaded not guilty and maintains his innocence.“He was a long-term employee and never had any problems,” Stanclift said.