Police: USPS mail carrier fired after stealing money from cards


    Lindsay Snyder, 24, is accused of picking out what she believed to be greeting or birthday cards from customers on her route and steal any cash, or gift cards she found. (Photo: WCSO)

    Savannah, N.Y. (WHAM) - State Police arrested a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier Tuesday for allegedly stealing money out of cards on her route.

    According to our news partners at the Times of Wayne County, Lindsay Snyder, 24, is accused of picking out what she believed to be greeting or birthday cards from customers on her route and steal any cash, or gift cards she found.

    Postal Inspectors reportedly became suspicious after several complaints were filed. As part of an investigation, they planted three obvious mailings on Snyder’s route. Snyder subsequently opened the cards, according to police, and the case was turned over to the State Police.

    Snyder used one of the stolen cards at the Walmart in Newark and reportedly told police she was purchasing "stuff" for her daughter.

    "Two of them were for $10 each, and one was for $25. Sure enough, the cards turned up missing, and she was seen on camera cashing one of the cards at Walmart in Newark," said Ron Holdracker, Times of Wayne County.

    Snyder was charged with three counts of petit larceny and was terminated from her position with the USPS.

    Joshua Washburn often gets Amazon deliveries in the mail and says he's relieved to hear Snyder was caught and fired.

    "It's pretty unfortunate that she made the unprofessional thoughts of taking other people's things when it didn't belong to her," said Washburn.

    Snyder could have more charges filed against her.

    Paula Pagano says her elderly mother's checks were stolen by a mail carrier and says it's too bad.

    "Very upsetting because it's an elderly person they're stealing from sometimes, and they're trying to make a living themselves," said Pagano.

    Snyder is scheduled to return to Savannah Town Court on November 3.

    Inspectors and police have not yet been able to determine how much cash, or how many customers on her route, may have been victims of Snyder’s alleged thefts.

    You can read more about Snyder's arrest and the investigation Saturday when the Times of Wayne County hits newsstands.

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