HINGHAM, MASS. (WHDH) - Two people are facing criminal charges after police say they used glue traps to steal a large quantity of mail from a collection box outside of the Hingham Post Office early Friday morning.
An officer on patrol in the area of Hingham Square around 3:10 a.m. saw two men walking away from a large drive-up mailbox in the United States Post Office parking lot on North Street, according to the Hingham Police Department.
As the men walked away, one man discarded a plastic bottle covered in a sticky substance with a boot shoelace tied around it, police said.
Officers began to search for the two men and the car that had been parked nearby after developing a suspicion that they were using the bottle to pull mail out of a large mailbox.
The car was tracked down a short while later on Main Street and police say officers found a box of glue traps and a pile of sticky mail in the backseat, along with various gift cards.
Antoni Garcia Mota, 22, of Randolph, and a 17-year-old man from Lowell were arrested on charges including breaking and entering in the nighttime, receiving stolen property over $1,200, and possession of a burglarious instrument.
The men were slated to be arraigned in Hingham District Court on Friday.
The mail has since been turned over to a postal service inspector.
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