An update in a story that we’ve been following since this winter as a former post office employee has been charged with felony theft for opening up mail and stealing money. 50-year old Kim Smith of Hartland Vermont has been indicted by a grand jury on the felony-level charge of theft by unauthorized taking after stealing money and gift cards from unopened mail at the Meriden Post Office.
She pleaded not guilty in January in Fifth Circuit Court in Claremont to three related misdemeanor charges that include carrying a loaded handgun without a license.
Smith was cited by Plainfield Police in December of last year, and is accused of stealing 17 gift cards totaling $920 dollars, and an additional $200 dollars in cash while working at the post office on the campus of Kimball Union Academy. Residents began complaining about their mail appearing to have been opened back in October, prompting the post office to install a surveillance camera within the facility.
Footage from the camera is said to show Smith sorting through mail, setting some aside, and then later opening those pieces and pocketing the contents.
Smith is scheduled to be arraigned April 14th in Sullivan Superior Court in Newport.