Israel Post Office employee ‘stole cash from mail’

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August 3, 2011 04:05

Officers from the Ashkelon police station launched an undercover investigation and installed secret CCTV cameras in the post office.

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An Israel Post Office employee was arrested on suspicion of intercepting mail containing cash and stealing the money, police in the south said on Tuesday.

Police were first contacted last month by the Post Office’s security officer in Ashkelon, who complained that envelopes containing cash did not arrive at the intended addresses.

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Officers from the Ashkelon police station launched an undercover investigation and installed secret CCTV cameras in the post office.

Video footage allegedly revealed that the suspect would arrive early at the branch, open it, and sift through the mail, putting envelopes that contained money aside.

He would then pocket the cash, police said.

The suspect, a resident of Ashkelon in his 40s, was arrested on Thursday, and had his custody extended by an Ashkelon Magistrate’s Court until Sunday.

During police questioning, he confessed, but said he “only took small quantities.”

Police have advised southern state prosecutors to charge the suspect.


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