Dec 17, 2015 12:06 PM

Postal worker accused of taking gift cards, cash from other people's mail

MERIDEN - A postal worker has been accused of opening people's mail and stealing gift cards and cash before resealing and replacing the envelopes.

According to the Valley News, Kim Smith, of Hartland, Vt., was arrested and faces charges that she took 17 gift cards totaling $920, as well as $200 in cash from mail while working at the Meriden Post Office located on the Kimball Union Academy campus.

An investigation was launched after residents reported that their mail appeared to have been tampered with. The postal service then installed a surveillance camera.

Video footage showed Smith sorting through mail and setting certain pieces aside. Then, she would open the mail, insert the contents into her pocket and reseal the envelops with a glue stick, an affidavit alleges.

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Steve Doherty said Smith is still being paid, but because of privacy laws, he couldn’t comment on her current job status. Smith worked part time in Meriden and also worked at other area post offices over the past 14 years.

The case remains under investigation.

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