Central Valley man faces prison for mail box ‘fishing’
June 9, 2008
• Duct tape and glue were the lures
• Mail was the prey
Benancio Figueroa, 46, of Fresno has been indicted on federal charges of theft and possession of stolen mail because he went fishing.
Mr. Figueroa is accused of stealing mail from United States Postal Service collection boxes in Fresno between April 12 and May 22 using a method known as “fishing, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney James Terzian, who is prosecuting the case.
According to investigators, the “fishing” was accomplished by using a device glommed together out of duct tape, books, straps and glue.
The sticky end would be lowered into collection boxes and used to pull out any mail that stuck to it, prosecutors say.
If convicted, the mailbox fisherman faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.