During a bout of depression and alcoholism, a Brooklyn USPS worker reportedly neglected to deliver 40,000 pieces of mail, keeping them for himself instead. 

The New York Post reports that Joseph Brucato, 67, confessed to hoarding mail intended for Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood since 2005. The Post adds that Brucato shoved roughly 2,500 pounds worth of mail in his vehicle, post office locker, and home. It took authorities over five hours to remove mail from his apartment in Flatlands. 

According to the Post, the alarming number of undelivered letters in Brucato's car let a superior know there was a serious problem at hand: 

A postal supervisor became suspicious that Brucato was up to something weird when he noticed his personal car was stuffed with undelivered letters, the complaint said.

Brucato has been suspended with pay since the discovery. If convicted, he could face up to five years behind bars. 

[via New York Post]

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