Apparently one postal worker in California did a little bit more than deliver mail while working her route.
Police say postal worker Shelly Crabb of Ione, California sold drugs to some of the people she delivers mail to and stole prescription medication intended for delivery to veterans, CBS Sacramento reports. Police found 70 pieces of stolen mail in the home of the mail carrier who has worked for the Postal Service for 15 years (h/t The Consumerist).
“It was kind of a no-brainer; easy access to deliver the stuff and steal it,” Ione resident Scott Guthrie told CBS Sacramento.
Indeed, as authorities crack down on more traditional ways prescrption drug addicts get their supply, veterans are increasingly at risk of having their medication stolen, according to NBC 4 in Columbus, Ohio, where state police seized almost 20,000 dosage units of stolen drugs in 2009.
Crabb's also not the only postal worker who’s been found in possession of stolen mail this year. A 72-year-old Texas postal worker Karen Samford was suspended in January after her boss learned she’d been stealing and then storing truckloads of bulk mail. Of the incident, she told MyFoxHouston “this is a hoarding problem.”
One postal worker got in trouble the same month, not so much for hoarding as for throwing away. He was caught on tape chucking a package over the fence of a home he was supposed to deliver it to.
Still there have also been cases of postal worker heroism recently. Rather than sell drugs, a mailman in Wisconsin helped authorities apprehend two drug dealers who attempted to receive drugs by mail, WHBL reports. Mailroom supervisor Jeffrey Lill sacrificed his health when he rushed to remove a package he says contained a toxic substance from a Florida mail center. Months later, Lill remains bedridden while the Postal Service denies the incident ever took place. In March, a New York postal worker was united with the man whose life she saved after donating bone marrow.
The U.S. Postal Service has plenty else to deal with besides the exploits of its employees, though. The government agency is struggling to avoid bankruptcy and has already lost $6 billion in 2012. Faced with such budget woes, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced this week that originally delayed plans to shutter 250 mail processing are back on.