Post theft allegations shock parents
JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
The parents of the woman charged with stealing thousands of items of mail in suburbs around Queenstown are devastated by their daughter's predicament.
The Southland Times understands NZ Post and police investigated the relationship between Philippa "Pip" Lindsay and her parents, Peter and Shirley Lindsay, who work for NZ Post in Arrowtown.
NZ Post spokesman Michael Tull yesterday said an investigation established that the Lindsays were appropriate people to work as posties and the company stood by the couple. Neither parent was available yesterday but they were "devastated", according to Arrowtowners.
Ex-postie Ms Lindsay, 32, entered no plea on Monday when she appeared before Judge Laurence Ryan in Queenstown District Court.
She faces one representative charge of theft in a special relationship between September 1, 2010, and November 9, 2012.
Mr Tull confirmed the parents were employed as posties and said Ms Lindsay's contract was terminated and NZ Post had introduced measures to ensure the accused was not allowed in the vicinity of any mail handled by her parents.
"We were aware of the relationship, we've examined it. We are aware of it and we have taken all appropriate steps to ensure all mail is nowhere in the vicinity of the accused.
"Both NZ Post and police are aware of that relationship and we are standing by the parents as contractors.
"We have done a thorough investigation and stand by the parents as appropriate people to be working for us."
He declined to elaborate on the measures taken but reiterated the accused was not allowed near any mail and NZ Post appreciated it was a very difficult time for the Lindsays.
Police allege that Ms Lindsay stole about 17,000 of items of mail and kept them in her home and a lock-up in Arrowtown.
Of the 17,000 items around two-thirds were hand-delivered by NZ Post staff in Fernhill, Arrowtown and Lakes Hayes on Sunday.
Another mail drop is scheduled for this Sunday, leaving around 500 items of opened mail with police, who aim to trace the senders and intended recipients.
On Monday, police asked for more time to file formal written statements to the court. Lindsay, who did not enter a plea, was remanded on bail to February 14 for a post-committal conference.
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