NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn man accused of stealing stimulus checks from mailboxes is facing federal charges.

Authorities say 31-year-old Feng Chen was caught by NYPD officers Tuesday in Sunset Park after going through mailboxes at residential buildings and a medical office.

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Police say when he saw the officers, he tossed the mail on the sidewalk.

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According to police, he had more than $12,000 worth of stimulus checks stuffed in his jacket pocket.