Police have confirmed that some of the thousands of undelivered mail found at a postie’s home have been opened.
Police discovered thousands of items of mail intended for residents in the Fernhill area of Queenstown at a 32-year-old postie’s home.
More items were found today when police executed a search warrant at a commercial Arrowtown address.
All of the stolen mail has not been counted, but it was expected to number in the tens of thousands, Detective Sergeant Brian Cameron said.
The female postie has been charged with theft and was due to appear in Queenstown District Court on Monday.
Over the past few days police officers and NZ Post staff have been working together to count and catalogue the undelivered mail.
They have been able to confirm that some mail was opened and would be contacting the senders and recipients of those items to ascertain whether any property has been removed, Cameron said.
Police were unable to provide a timeframe as to when the unopened articles of mail would be released to their intended recipients.
A NZ Post investigation into complaints of missing mail was launched a year ago, but it was not until Friday that the company had gathered sufficient evidence to refer the matter to police.
The missing mail generated 101 official complaints to NZPost since January 2010 and another 21 complaints had been logged since the theft was publicly reported on Monday.
The NZ Post contractor, who has been granted interim name suppression, could face more charges including some which fall under the Postal Act.