A man who was accused of planting tools inside a mailbox in the Bronx to fish out items will face lesser criminal charges than those originally brought by prosecutors, after the New York Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that he couldn’t have known the value of what he might catch.

Prosecutors from the Bronx District Attorney’s Office indicted Omar Deleon on charges of attempting to steal more than $3,000, but lacked the evidence to do so, the state’s highest court said.