Twenty-two-year-old Tayson Adam Hidalgo, of Sterling, has been charged with delaying or destroying mail, after authorities recently recovered more than 26,000 pieces of undelivered mail at his home in Colorado. 

Hidalgo, a former Postal Service worker, was arrested and charged for mail that was found in his possession, dating between October 3, 2014 and April 21, 2016. This included packages, post cards, open letters, and bags addressed to recipients throughout Sterling and Fort Morgan, Colorado. Law enforcement have yet to say how they became aware that Hidalgo was hiding and/or destroying mail. The ex-mailman is due in court for his second appearance today, and if convicted he faces up to five years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000.

A Town Hall Meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, November 7, at Sterling Middle School, in regards to the large amount of mail that was found at Hidalgo's residence. Attendees will be briefed about the investigation, victim notification, and when the seized mail will be returned to its intended recipients. If you believe you’re a victim of this crime, please visit the U.S. Attorney’s website at www.justice.gov/usao-co for case updates.