MALDEN (CBS) – A former postal worker has been charged with stealing more than 7,500 pieces of mail. The stolen mail contained gift cards, cell phones and Christmas presents from residents of Malden, Somerville, Medford and Melrose.

Steven Bozzi, 36, of Malden, was arrested Saturday. Police discovered 7,689 pieces of mail in his home, 5,156 of which had been opened. None of the mail belonged to Bozzi or his family.

“For the past three months, we allege, this defendant has been stealing from post office collection boxes from several communities, stealing personal cards, gifts and packages,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan. “Not only did this defendant allegedly defraud our postal service, he stole gifts and cards that were to be exchanged among families and loved ones during the holiday season.”

The investigation began in January when a Malden business reported that Bozzi was attempting to use a gift card that had been voided because the person who purchased it never received it in the mail.

Bozzi was arraigned Monday and ordered held on $2,500 cash bail. He told police that he stole the mail because he had a drug problem.

All unopened mail is being sent to postal authorities to be delivered. Anyone who believes their mail may have stolen is asked to file a report with the USPS Office of the Inspector General by emailing their name, address, the date mail was sent, and specific contents of the items mailed to

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