Postal Worker Accused Of Stealing Cash, Gift Cards From Mail, Stuffing Them In Underwear


UPDATED: Tuesday July 3, 2012 3:18 PM

A Westerville postal worker was arrested and charged with mail theft for allegedly stealing people’s mail, 10TV News reported on Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Terrence R. McLean stole cash and gift cards from mail that he was sorting at the U.S. Postal Service’s processing center.

McLean, 37, also allegedly assaulted two officers when they arrested him.

Investigators said that McLean cut and tore open colored envelopes while he was working and stuffed contents of the envelopes into his socks and the front of his pants.

Agents approached McLean as he was leaving the building and told him that he was under arrest. At that time, McLean allegedly punched, bit and struck agents with a coffee mug and cooler. The agents were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries, 10TV News reported.

Agents said that they found 71 first class letters, including 65 that he has stuffed into his underwear, when they searched McLean. Seventeen gift cards were found in McLean’s wallet and three more, along with $341 in cash, were found in his work apron, investigators said.

McLean was held without bond on Monday. Mail theft by an employee is punishable by up to five years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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