Accused mass mail thief named
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 3:01p.m.
By Leanne Malcolm
The identity of a Queenstown postie accused of the mass theft of mail can now be revealed.
Phillipa Lindsay, 32, is charged with the theft of 17,000 letters, postcards and parcels between September 2010 and November 2012.
Cameras were allowed in Queenstown District Court this morning to record her appearance before a judge.
Lindsay was remanded on bail until February while police continue their investigation, but no new charges were laid today.
The Police prosecutor told the judge they needed more time to investigate the case and to contact the senders and receivers of 500 pieces of opened mail.
Police say Lindsay had kept the thousands of items of stolen mail at her home and in a storage shed in Arrowtown.
The mail was mostly intended for the Fernhill area of Queenstown and New Zealand Post arranged a special run yesterday to drop the missing items to their rightful recipients.
Around 66 percent of the mail has been delivered. Police and New Zealand Post workers are still working on the remainder.
New Zealand Post’s national heartland leader, Dean Horsup, said organising lost mail was a much harder process than expected.
“It was much more challenging that we thought it would be, getting signatures from all the people around there”, he said.
“Obviously there were a lot of people not home as well so we’ve had a card to call process for them to pick up.”
This Sunday, the remaining mail will be delivered to the Fernhill and Lake Hayes estate areas.
New Zealand Post has taken strong criticism for failing to act on missing mail complaints earlier. They had received complaints for more than a year before launching an investigation into Ms Lindsay.
Several NZ Post executives were in court for Lindsay’s appearance.
She will reappear in court on February 14 and faces serious charges – a conviction could see her with a maximum jail term of seven years.
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4/12/2012 9:10:59 a.m.
Vicki Cameron wrote:
LOST MAIL!!!!lets get this straight. It is STOLEN MAIL!!!!! We waited like many other people at home on Sunday for our mail. Nothing. We get another letter from NZ Post Monday requesting we stay home yet another Sunday to get out mail which we need to give ID for. Now lets see.... didn't this mail get dumped at a druggie/party house for some dumb wit to decide if he would deliver or not.
I would have expected a large team to be working as quickly as possible-evening delivery ALL WEEK when people will be home and as soon as possible. Yes some of this mail is 2 yrs old but some is very recent thereby limiting the collateral damage if delivered ASAP.
The first letter outlined if not home then too bad you could arrange to come pick it up....now lets see...every one in the house has to supply their photo ID so that would have meant several trips to the Post Office to get each effected member of the household post. This most recent letter tones this down and says they will arrange a time to redilver. How nice of them Im repeating what all my neighbours are saying JUST DEVIER THE DAMN MAIL WHY DONT YOU AND TODAY NOT YESTERDAY.
1 more thing the photo in the mountain scene with 3 police offers sorting the mail all with great big fat smile on their face and having a great time hardly reflected the seriousness of the situation. Im sure people whos lives will be very much effected didnt find that very kind at all.
( I have never in my life written anything like this but I feel very strongly that it isn't being taken seriously)(
4/12/2012 12:18:34 a.m.
Robert W wrote:
Petes Post Lower Hutt had a similiar problem early 2000s when a postie was dumping mail in the bush near the Wainuiomata water reservoir. I dont think anything was ever done about it. It was quite a large amount dumped in plastic rubbish bags.
3/12/2012 7:11:22 p.m.
Seriously BS....that's like moaning about airplanes when you live next to an airport. I'm glad they caught her and glad she's going through Court!
3/12/2012 6:14:12 p.m.
B S wrote:
got caught with there pants down yet again. How about living next door to a postie and hearing truck traffic all day long up and down a residental street to pick or drop off parcels in a steel large box next to my window. Who the hell is running the show here.
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