Tuesday 25 September 2018

Postman arrested after storing mail in his house for three years as he 'wasn't paid enough'

Chris Baynes

Italian police have arrested a postman after finding nearly half a tonne of undelivered mail stashed in his house.

The 33-year-old, who has not been named, told officers he did not deliver post for three years because he felt he was not paid enough. He quit the job last year.

The hoard of undelivered mail was discovered by police after they searched his home in the northern city of Turin.

Officers’ grew suspicious after a routine traffic stop, during which they found a 20cm folding knife and 70 letters in the suspect’s car.

They searched his home, where they uncovered a further 40 boxes of undelivered mail including bank statements, bills and other private correspondence. The stash weighed 400kg in total.

“I wasn’t paid enough and so I quit,” the man is reported to have told police.

He faces charges of theft, misappropriation of correspondence, and possession of a weapon.

It is the second time this year that Italian police have discovered piles of undelivered mail at a postman’s house.

A 56-year-old was arrested in January in the northern town of Vicenza after officers found 500kg of post stashed away in his garage.

Police were called when workers from a recycling plant were sent to empty the garage and found 43 plastic postal containers stuffed full of letters, bills, bank statements and even electoral pamphlets dating back to 2010.

Police said it was the largest haul of undelivered mail ever found.

The Vicenza postal service promised to deliver the post, albeit several years late.

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