NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have arrested two men who were allegedly using glue traps and string to to steal mail.
Just before 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police say 19-year-old Marlon Navarro was seen with a ‘string device’ at a mail box located at Bennett Ave and West 184th Street in Washington Heights.READ MORE: Sen. Chuck Schumer Urges Feds To Release $5 Billion To Address Mental Health Problems Stemming From Pandemic
Cops say Navarro took off as they approached, but was quickly taken into custody. A search turned up glue traps, string, a substance believed to be marijuana, and mail valued at over $1,000.
Navarro has been charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, possession of burglar tools, and possession of a controlled substance.
Less than two hours later, officers said they observed 20-year-old Geuri Rodriguez pulling a similar maneuver on Bennett Ave.
He was arrested and charged with attempted grand larceny, criminal tampering, criminal possession of stolen property, and possession of burglar tools.READ MORE: Newark Public Schools Resume In-Person Learning Monday
One woman who used to use the mailbox said her rent checks weren’t making it to her landlord.
“My roommate subsequently, she got a call from her bank that someone was trying to hack into her account, then she had to close her account and open another one, then my second roommate — it’s her mother’s check, so someone tried to steal her mother’s identity,” she told 1010 WINS’ Samantha Liebman.
Residents are happy about the arrest, but remain skeptical.
“I guess I won’t be using this mailbox anymore, I’ll go up to Fort Washington,” Sergei said.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Suspect Hit Officer In Face During Attempted Arrest Near Washington Square Park