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Postie stole for two years

Fake cards investigation leads to thief’s sacking and court case


A POSTMAN who stole dozens of greetings cards and letters he thought may contain money was caught after suspicious managers put two fake birthday cards into the system.

BBC News reported that when Paul Heaney’s home was searched 89 stolen items were found in his shed, with more in the house and, after initially claiming he’d been stealing packets for six weeks, he eventually admitted carrying out offences over two years.
At Dundee Sheriff Court last week Heaney pleaded guilty to three charges of theft, and one under the Postal Services Act 2000, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work as well as being placed on a four-month restriction of liberty order confining him to his home between 7pm and 7am.
The court heard Heaney admitted stealing around £80 from the letters, and said he had been going through financial problems. He was sacked following the investigation sparked by an anonymous tip-off to sorting office bosses.
The thefts took place between August 2014 and October 2016 at the Dundee West Delivery Office (pictured), and the court was told the mail found at Heaney’s home was forwarded to the correct addresses with a letter of explanation.
Sheriff Tom Hughes told Heaney: “This is a matter of the utmost seriousness and the court cannot sit back and watch this going on. People should be able to post things in confidence.”

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