Bronx Couple Accused Of Mailbox Fishing On Long Island

Sophia Hall
January 28, 2020 - 3:04 pm
Mailbox fishing

Nassau County District Attorney

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A married couple from the Bronx is accused of trying to steal mail from post office boxes in Nassau County.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said an alert officer caught the duo attempting to fish envelopes out of a mail box at the Atlantic Beach post office on Christmas Day.

"The way that he did that was by coating a regular plastic bottle with a sticky substance that we're alleging came from what's used in mouse traps and put it on a string and dropped it into the mailbox," Singas said. "The mail would get stuck on that sticky substance and he would fish it out."

Singas said one of the stolen envelopes found in the couple's car contained a $2,800 check.

Officials said Yoli Gomez Osoria, 27, and Andrea Rose Gomez, 28, both of The Bronx, were caught with 35 $100 bills, one $50 bill, and a $100 check, which neither defendant was the payee nor the account holder of. 

They are charged with: 36 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument first-degree, criminal possession of stolen property fourth-degree, nine counts of criminal possession of stolen property fifth-degree, possession of burglar’s tools and attempted petit larceny. 

If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of five to 15 years in prison.

The U.S. Postal Service has been modifying mailboxes to prevent incidents of "mail fishing."

The U.S. Postal Inspection service recommends the following to protect your outgoing mail:

  • Deposit outgoing mail at a local Post Office location or hand mail to a uniformed USPS letter carrier
  • Use a blue USPS collection box – be sure to deposit mail before the last pickup time of the day
  • Try not to let your outgoing mail sit in your personal mailbox overnight