MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) - The US Postal Service is investigating a disgusting crime in Macomb County.
An entire batch of mail was discarded in a port-a-potty. People in a Macomb Township subdivision said they've had problems with mail delivery, but never anything as serious as this.
Adam Hassig had no idea that some of the mail was not being delivered to his Macomb Township home until he saw this Facebook post from his subdivision
"I noticed in the picture that this is actually a piece of mail, a pay check that my wife receives from her boss every couple of weeks," Hassig said. "And I was instantly furious by this."
Officials with the postal service say 700 pieces of mail were recovered from a port-a-potty in mid-November.
A construction worker working on homes in Hassig's subdivision made the shocking discovery.
"It's obviously a big issue," Hassig said. "Something that should be taken care of and never happen again."
Investigators say a mail carrier is responsible.
"This particular employee was employed with the Postal Service since April of this year," said Spc. Agent in Charge Jeff Arney, United States Postal Service. "And once approached and contacted by our office and interviewed, they resigned."
As the investigation continues, officials say the former employee could face a number of charges.
"The charges that they would be facing would be up to the U.S. Attorney's Office to decide which charges would be applicable," Arney said. "Obviously centered around the theft and destruction and delay of US mail."
Officials have worked to salvage any mail they could by taking it through a Hazmat process.
"We used our sister agency which has a Hazmat type training and equipment partnered with them to make sure that the mail was safe," Arney said.
And for the mail that was ruined...
"If it was not salvageable it was not salvageable," Arney said. "Every effort was made to contact the Miller or the intended recipient ready."
Adam did receive some of that mail but says he has taken steps to ensure his mail will be delivered properly moving forward.
"I did get some back but I don't know what I did not get back," Hassig said. “I have since changed my entire address to have all my mail shipped to my office year so I don't have to deal with that issue at my house anymore."
If you have concerns about postal theft or fraud in your community, the USPS Hotline is 1-888-877-7644.