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Cops: Man charged with robbing mail carrier of package

A Brooklyn man was arrested Thursday, charged with the robbery of a package being delivered by a mail carrier to a home in North Valley Stream, police said.

The robbery occurred just after noon on Aug. 31 on Custer Street, Nassau County police said.

The suspect, Don Joseph, 24, of 3420 Avenue H, was arrested at the Fourth Precinct and charged with third-degree robbery. He is scheduled for arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said a 59-year-old postal worker attempted to deliver the package to a home on Custer Street, found no one home, and was leaving the property when Joseph approached him and claimed to be the recipient.

The mail carrier told Joseph to return to the house and said he'd meet him there, police said, but when the postal worker asked for identification Joseph couldn't produce any -- and instead pushed the postal worker to the ground, grabbed the package and fled in a black car.

It was not clear what led police to Joseph.

It also was not clear what the package contained.

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