The suspect told prosecutors he made it a point to deliver all of the first class mail and kept back mainly circulars and advertisements.
It was unclear what kind of mail Mr. Germash failed to deliver or if the retrieved mail would be delivered to its recipients.
A criminal complaint obtained by CNN says that the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General recently learned about the undelivered mail when a passerby saw Germash's auto and multiple bags that seemed to be stuffed to the brim.
When investigators got to Germash's auto, they found more than 20 post office bags, containing 10,000 letters.More news: Copa del Rey final Sevilla vs Barcelona
One letter had been sent in 2005, authorities say.
The suspect faced a judge and was released on $25,000 bail. His attorney, Michelle A. Gelernt, declined to comment Saturday. Mr. Germash could not be reached on Saturday.
Postal Service investigators found the stash after a tip about a vehicle containing multiple blue mailbags filled with mail. In past situations, the Postal Service has reported regained bundles and letters at good state must be shipped.
Theft of mail by postal employees is not uncommon in a system that delivers more than 154 billion pieces each year and has almost 336,900 mail carriers.More news: Supreme Court junks Dawood Ibrahim kin's plea on attachment of properties
The Postal assistance researched 1,364 employee mail scenarios and arrested 409 personnel between October 2016 and also September 20 17, according to this ceremony.
A Brooklyn mail carrier has been charged with hoarding more than 17,000 pieces of mail.
In 2014, a Brooklyn mail carrier was discovered to have hidden 40,000 pieces of undelivered mail - a total of 2,500 pounds - over nine years. The carrier, Joseph Brucato, " blamed excessive ingestion of liquor and depression. According to the article, the cases often involve large quantities junk mail, though in some cases mail carriers have been caught failing to deliver first-class mail as well.More news: Photo storage service SmugMug acquires Flickr