Hidden cameras show postal worker thefts

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A woman who was an employee of the United States Postal Service can be seen opening gift card mailers in video captured via hidden cameras at the New Haven Post Office where she worked.

Danette J. Emerick, 53, of Hoagland is now facing felony felony theft charge related to an investigation that began in September 2014.

According to court documents, a special agent for the U.S. Postal Service was contacted on September 24 after a complaint had been received regarding the suspected theft of items from undeliverable bulk business mail. An employee at the New Haven Post Office suspected Emerick of being the person responsible for the thefts.

In October, hidden cameras were installed in the area where Emerick processed the undeliverable bulk business mail. Later that month, five sealed Kohl’s mailers each containing a $10 gift card were mixed in with the items Emerick would be sorting. The special agent checked on the status of the cards and learned three had been redeemed in full at a Fort Wayne Kohl’s store.

via Court docs: Hidden cameras show postal worker thefts | WANE.

  • Tony

    Duh! I’ll never get caught! What a Dope!

  • IIlIIl111

    I wonder who complained about her basically stealing from the garbage……..”theft of items from undeliverable bulk business mail.” Man, they sure went to a lot of trouble and expense – hidden cameras, agents in hiding, etc etc. Technically wrong, but she’ll get a light punishment

  • dauchund

    So sad making good money and still has to steal garbage great country we are living in don’t ya think?

  • willnotgopostal

    Tony, you are the Dope if you think you can steal and never get caught! Plus, why would you even think of doing that? It is wrong morally and it hurts the trust that the public places in the USPS & it’s employees. Shame on you if you are stealing! PLEASE STOP!

  • Diggen Nitt

    Will not go – I believe Tony was sarcastically voicing what the alleged thief was thinking, not that Tony felt that way. Punctuation can be everything, added to the fact you can’t see his eye-roll, or face palm…

  • RouteAbolished

    Wow! I thought all the UBBM went for recycling after looking for any obvious value (coins, etc.). Must have been addressed to active Kohl’s users instead of occupant. I would see 20% of the PO at Kohl’s after a mass Kohl’s mailing.

  • willnotgopostal

    Diggen Nitt. Thank you for clearing that up.

  • IIlIIl111

    well, stealing the $10 coupons OUT of the garbage

  • runnerin1

    Some is ‘return service requested.’ That mail is sent back and the Post Office gets a fee. I never would have thought there were gift cards in UBBM also.

  • bob

    management has lot of free time !!

  • RouteAbolished

    I never put ‘return service requested’ in UBBM.