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Former Rochester mail worker charged with stealing smartphones

Bobby Bullard, Jr. , a former U.S. Mail worker, was charged Wednesday with stealing smartphones from packages in a mailroom in Rochester. (WHAM photo)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) — A former U.S. Mail worker was charged Wednesday with stealing smartphones from packages in a mailroom in Rochester.

According to a federal complaint, 35-year-old Bobby Bullard, Jr. was working as a Mail Handler Associate at the U.S. Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Rochester.

Co-workers reportedly saw Bullard going through packages that he was supposed to be sorting.

On three separate occasions, special agents from the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General's Office conducted surveillance and recorded Bullard taking packages containing smartphones off the sorting conveyor belt.

Agents said they watched as Bullard secretly opened the packages, removed the smart phones inside, put them in his pocket, and then threw the empty packaging materials away.

Bullard was confronted by agents, who recovered several cell phones from him along with the discarded packages. He was subsequently fired by the U.S. Postal Service.

Bullard was charged in federal court with theft by a government employee. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted.

According to federal officials, Bullard was released to the Irondequoit Police Department to answer outstanding traffic warrants. He is scheduled to return to federal court on March 21 at 9 a.m.

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