EASTON, Pa. | A New Jersey man is facing theft charges after allegedly breaking into a mailbox outside the Easton post office.
Easton police were dispatched to the post office at 201 Ferry St. shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday to investigate a suspicious person report. It was reported that a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants had just broken into a mailbox and disappeared around the side of the building toward the loading dock, according to court records.
An officer arrived to find a man later identified as Ismael Alicea Jr. standing under the post office’s fire escape on the north side of the building, according to records. When asked by police what he was doing there, Alicea allegedly responded that he was going to the bathroom.
The officer said he spotted two nearly empty post office letter containers on the windowsill along with a black backpack filled with letters and envelopes, according to police. The officer said he would later find two crow bars and a screwdriver in the bag.
Once in custody, Alicea allegedly admitted to breaking into a mailbox and stealing its contents. The officer found the damaged mailbox, which had a bent locking mechanism. It’s not clear from court records why Alicea allegedly stole the mail or what he planned on doing with it.
Police charged the 26-year-old Essex County resident with single misdemeanor counts of theft, criminal mischief and possessing an instrument of a crime. District Judge Alan Mege arraigned Alicea Sunday morning, setting bail at $50,000. He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 25.