Former Rochester postal employee sentenced for stealing smartphones from the mail

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced on Thursday that Bobby Bullard, Jr., 35, of Rochester, who was convicted of theft by government employee, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and one year supervised release.

The defendant was also ordered to pay $648 in restitution for a stolen cell phone.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the defendant worked as a Mail Handler Associate at the U.S. Mail Processing and Distribution Center in Rochester. While working there, Bullard was seen rifling through packages that he was supposed to be sorting.

They say Special Agents from the Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General conducted surveillance on three separate occasions and recorded Bullard taking packages containing smart phones off the sorting conveyor belt.

Agents say they watched as the defendant covertly opened the packages, removed the smart phones inside, put them in his pocket, and then discarded the empty packaging materials. Agents recovered several cell phones from Bullard at the time of contact and also recovered discarded phone packages.

Bullard is no longer a Postal Service employee.  
 
In sentencing the defendant, Judge Larimer noted that the public relies upon the Postal Service as well as the honesty of its workers.


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