There are only a few things more frustrating than ordering something online and it never showing up.
For one neighborhood in Queens, expected packages have been ‘disappearing’ for two years. 54-year-old Richard Wong, a neighborhood postal worker, has admitted to stealing dozens of packages a week for the last two years.
He got busted stealing an Amazon box on his route.
Richard Wong, 54, of Fresh Meadows, was arrested Friday at his job in the Elmhurst Post Office, after he admitted to having pinched some $20,000 worth of parcels since April 2015, cops said.
Detectives and the United States Postal Service’s inspector general’s office started looking into Wong after someone spotted him opening the Amazon package in an Elmhurst building on Thursday afternoon, cops said.
He admitted to investigators that he’d been on a two-year stealing spree, taking five to 10 packages a week and often sending the loot to a fence in Canada, police said.
In all, he made about $1,000 a month from the scheme, he allegedly said.
Wong was arraigned Saturday on grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and official misconduct charges, and ordered released on his own recognizance.
“I don’t want to talk about it, sorry,” Wong said when reached by phone Sunday night.
Co-workers on Monday described Wong as a weird guy who kept to himself.
“He has been working here for over 25 years,” said one mail carrier. “It’s weird. Nobody suspected anything.”
Postal employees think Wong began raiding packages after supervisors cut back on overtime and carriers stopped sharing tips.
We’d imagine this happens more often than not.