Three men charged for removing mail from US Post Office in Bayonne

Photo Credit: Bayonne Police Website
Photo Credit: Bayonne Police Website

On 12/16/2018 at 0336 hours, while monitoring the City of Bayonne cameras throughout the city, the watchful eyes of the Bayonne Police Telecommunicators observed a male in the area of 30th Street and Broadway actively removing mail (mailbox fishing) from a United States Post Office mailbox on the northeast corner of West 30th Street and Broadway. The telecommunicators also observed a second individual standing on the corner acting as a lookout. The two individuals were then observed fleeing eastbound on West 30th Street toward Avenue E and ultimately entering a gray minivan. Once the individuals entered the van, the van proceeded to travel eastbound on West 30th Street. Officers were immediately notified of these observations and several officers responded to the area. On West 30th Street (just east of Broadway), officers located and stopped a gray minivan occupied by three males. While still observing the events on the city camera, telecommunicators positively identified the van as the one they have been constantly observing regarding this incident. As officers approached the van, they determined it to be occupied by the following three males. The driver, Ivan A. Rodriguez (Downing Street, Yonkers, NY, 18 years of age), front passenger, Christopher Mercado (West 159th Street, New York, NY, 21 years of age), and rear passenger, male Juvenile #1 (New York, NY, 17 years of age). Through the windows of the vehicle, the officers were able to view numerous items of mail and US currency strewn about the interior of the van.

During the on-scene investigation, numerous pieces of stolen mail, US currency, marijuana, and tools used to retrieve mail from mailboxes were recovered from the vehicle. A search incident to arrest of Rodriguez and Mercado led to the recovery of additional pieces of stolen mail, credit cards, and US currency. Also during the booking process, Juvenile #1 provided false personal identifying information to officers. Rodriguez and Mercado were lodged in the Hudson County Jail while Juvenile #1 was remanded to the Union County Juvenile Detention Center.

All actors were charged accordingly

Ivan A. Rodriguez

Theft (19 counts)
Burglary
Employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime Conspiracy
Burglar tools
Credit card theft (14 counts)
Possession of 50g or less of marijuana

Christopher Mercado

Theft (19 counts)
Burglar tools
Employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime Conspiracy
Burglary

Juvenile #1

Theft (19 counts) Conspiracy
Burglar tools
Hindering Apprehension Burglary

Bayonne Police Chief Robert Geisler states, “I commend the astute and watchful eyes of the Bayonne Police telecommunicators who continue to demonstrate that the safety of the citizens of Bayonne and the various Bayonne first responders is their number one priority. Through their tactful use and monitoring of advanced technology, specifically the City of Bayonne closed- circuit wireless camera system, they provide the added component of virtual patrol, assisting the Police with our crime fighting and community safety efforts. I also commend the impeccable response time and investigative abilities of all officers involved. This particular incident demonstrates the successes that can be attained through the use of advanced technology and the collaborative efforts of the Bayonne Police, outside law enforcement agencies (U.S. Postal Inspectors), and our telecommunicators.”