EXCLUSIVE: Used laptop dealer lost $10K from alleged Greenpoint mail thief

October 13, 2017 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Bagner Cardoso was charged with mail theft and misappropriation of mail after allegedly stealing multiple packages and about $10,000 in Forever Pet stamps. Eagle file photo by Paul Frangipane
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A Greenpoint used computer dealer claimed he lost roughly $10,000 after a postal worker, who was recently arraigned on mail theft charges in Brooklyn’s federal court, allegedly stole multiple laptops intended for his business.

During back-to-school time, Nick Bratskeir came up short on multiple parents and students looking forward to new school computers. He alleges that Greenpoint postal worker Bagner Cardoso, who is charged with mail theft, robbed his packages.

“He hurt me at a time that was busy,” Bratskeir told the Brooklyn Eagle. “It really hurt my business.”

Cardoso was arraigned in Brooklyn’s federal court Tuesday after he allegedly admitted to stealing about 10 computers in August and $9,870 worth of “[Forever] Pets” stamp booklets from Greenpoint’s 66 Meserole Ave. post office.

Bratskeir, 30, told the Eagle that those 10 computers were likely his. Cardoso’s attorney did not wish to comment on the allegations.

Bratskeir opened a case with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) when four of his laptops sent to the post office went missing, and receipts showed nine others were accepted into the office but were not there to pick up.

He received about $1,000 in insurance checks as compensation from USPS, leaving the large majority of the loss to pay out of pocket.

Once he was told an arrest was made, Bratskeir searched “Greenpoint postal theft” every day online until he saw that Cardoso was arraigned.  

Cardoso is currently out on $75,000 bond and working at the post office with restricted access to the mail, according to USPS and OIG.

“I hope that he pays jail time,” Bratskeir said about Cardoso.

Cardoso was allegedly stealing packages about every other day for two years, according to court documents.

He is set to appear back in court on Nov. 10.

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