The Hush Post: In a weird case, a postman with the United States Postal Services has been arrested by the New York Police Department (NYPD) on charges of stealing and eating over 75,000 letters, weighing 1.3 tonnes, he was supposed to deliver.
Diego Ramirèz (38) was arrested from his house by the NYPD sleuths and deputies of the New York City Sheriff’s Office (NYCSO). A joint investigation led over the last few months after several people complained about their mail being stolen, revealed that the letter carrier was actually eating a large portion of the envelopes he was supposed to deliver, a report said.
Briefing media persons later, NYPD Chief of Department Tom Salinger said the arrest came after a 2-month joint investigation between the NYPD and the NYCSO.
“At first, we really thought someone was stealing some of our New Yorkers’ mail for profit. The investigators were amazed when they caught Mr. Ramirèz tearing the letters to pieces and eating them!” Tom Salinger was quoted as saying in the report.
Chief Tom Salinger said that the accused confessed has confessed to eating thousands of pieces of mail almost immediately after his arrest.
“He says he can’t help himself, it’s a compulsion. When he sees a piece of paper, he has to eat it. He admits he ate between 300 and 500 envelopes per day,” Tom Salinger was further quoted.
A total of 1500 criminal charges have already been filed against Diego Ramirèz, including 640 charges mail theft and as 820 charges of malicious destruction of property, the report said.
The NYPD sleuths said that more charges could be added over the next few days. If found guilty on all accounts, the accused could have to pay a fine of almost $200 million and spend the rest of his life in prison, it was reported.
During the first court appearance, Diego Ramirèz’s lawyer Robert MacInnis, demanded a psychiatric evaluation for his client. He further pleaded that Diego Ramirèz wasn’t criminally responsible for his actions because of his mental disorder and had no intention to harm anyone.
Both the prosecution and the court agreed to the demand, so the case will be reported until Diego Ramirèz Ramirèz can undergo a complete psychiatric evaluation, the report said.