Cops: New Hampshire postal worker stole cash from envelopes
Police say a Vermont woman working at a New Hampshire post office was caught on camera opening envelopes and pocketing gift cards and cash.
Kim Smith, 50, of Hartland, is facing a felony theft charge. Police say Smith was caught by a video surveillance camera installed at the Meriden post office after police received complaints from residents that their mail had been tampered with.
Plainfield Police Chief Paul Roberts says Smith could be seen holding envelopes to the light to gauge their contents. After she pocketed any cash or gift cards she found, she says, she would use a glue stick to reseal the envelopes.
Roberts says Smith is cooperating and has handed over 17 gift cards and about $200 in cash. He says she told police she doesn't know why she did it.
"She just didn't understand why she did that," Roberts says.
No phone listing for Smith could be found. It was not immediately known if she has a lawyer.
Smith is a part-time employee who travels from one post office to the next as needed. Roberts says other police departments are checking to see if they have had similar crimes in their towns.
Roberts says in one instance, Smith took $9 in cash a woman had sent her grandson for his birthday and then sent just the card through the mail.
"When I think of stealing money from kids in their Christmas cards and birthday cards, I see nothing but evil," Roberts said. He says the surveillance camera captured two weeks' activity at the Meriden post office, which also serves Plainfield.
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