The 23-year-old told police that for the past year he had hidden and thrown out the letters instead of delivering them because he was overwhelmed with work while taking night courses to earn his high school diploma equivalency.
A neighbour saw the man tossing letters into a bin and alerted police on Monday. The authorities searched his parents' home and found letters ferreted away in closets, a bedframe and closets. There were so many letters that police had to use two small trucks to transport them all.
The man, who worked for a private postal company, will likely be charged with misappropriation of postal items.