Judge dismisses grand theft charge against ex-Idaho City postmaster

A judge has dismissed the felony grand theft charge against a former Idaho City postmaster accused of stealing items from the mail — but that doesn’t mean the case against Teresa Belau has been dropped.

Fourth District Judge Patrick H. Owen last week remanded the case back to Magistrate Court.

Belau’s attorney, Brad Poole challenged whether Target gift cards — which Teresa Belau is accused of taking from the mail — are, in fact, “financial transaction cards” under state statute. Belau was charged with felony theft because prosecutors believed the gift cards met the statute.

But Lisa London, supervising court clerk, said Judge Owen determined that Target gift cards do not meet the state’s legal definition of financial transaction cards. The judge said the cards work the same as cash, London said.

Belau’s next court appearance is at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 30.

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