Investigators say a postal worker suspected of stealing gift cards has been caught in the act opening mail — hours after an exclusive NBC 5 Responds report. That same employee is also suspected of stealing $500 in gift cards that a Lincolnshire grandmother mailed to her granddaughters last August.
Postal authorities made the discovery after NBC 5 Responds brought her case to their attention last September. The employee works at the USPS Distribution and Processing Center in Palatine, and according to authorities, is still on the job, despite evidence they gathered against him. Investigators now say others may be involved.
The story began when Janet Irgang said she wanted to do something nice for her granddaughters, both of whom are away at college. So, using her debit card, she bought $500 worth of Amazon gift cards at Walgreens and mailed them from her local post office.
“Just a little something to say grandma loves you. I’m thinking of you,” Irgang said.