More missing Queenstown mail found

More than 21,000 items of mail found

BROOKE GARDINER IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 16:53 15/11/2012
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Detective Matt Jones, left, and senior constable Julian Cahill sort through some of the estimated 20,000 missing mail items destined for Queenstown addresses.

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A case of mail theft in the Queenstown area is much more widespread than initially thought with residents of Arrowtown and Lake Hayes also victims.

Police swooped on a storage unit in Arrowtown yesterday and discovered up to 20,000 additional letters and parcels destined for the residents of Fernhill, Arrowtown and Lakes Hayes.

The unit contained nothing but stolen mail which was neatly stored in boxes and suitcases.

Detective Grant Miller said he expected the total number of items to number at least 21,000.

It is not yet known whether any other parts of the region have been affected.

Police confirmed the postie had relieved on the Lake Hayes and Arrowtown runs in the past year.

The mail sorted by police dates back to September 2011, Mr Miller said.

A four-person NZ Post team will today start helping police to sort through thousands of undelivered letters and parcels which were destined for residents of the Fernhill area of Queenstown.

A NZ Post investigation into complaints of missing mail was launched a year ago, but was not until last Friday that the company had gathered sufficient evidence to refer the matter to police.

A 32-year-old woman has been charged with theft and will appear in Queenstown District Court on Monday.

Any residents who believe they are missing mail should contact NZ Post customer service on 0800 501 501.

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