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Brooklyn man stole mail from Richmond Hill homes: DA

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RICHMOND HILL — A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested on multiple charges after he allegedly sifted through the mailboxes of several homes in Richmond Hill late last month, the Queens district attorney said.

Joshua Martinez, who lives at 483 Lincoln Ave. in Brooklyn, was arraigned July 28 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Lenora Gerald and held on $25,000 bail, Queens DA Richard Brown said. The defendant will return to court Aug. 11, Brown said.

Martinez was charged with attempted burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, trespass and criminal trespass, the DA said.

On July 27, the defendant was allegedly spotted looking through the first-floor windows of several homes along 89th Avenue as well as 112th and 117th streets in Richmond Hill before sorting through the houses’ mailboxes and pocketing pieces of mail, Brown said.

The arresting officer allegedly recovered three pieces of mail from the defendant’s pants pocket, including a Bank of America card and activation letter for the card, Geico auto insurance policy information and a Chase Visa debit card, the DA said.

Posted 6:32 pm, October 10, 2011
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