Headline — 25 October 2013 — by Kareem Clarke
Postal clerk caught on camera stealing mail

Amandala understands that a female postal clerk, attached to the Belmopan Post Office, was today arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court after a newly-installed surveillance camera captured footage of her removing mail without authority.

Sinquest Martinez, O.C. Belmopan Police, today confirmed to Amandala that the accused person was charged with four counts of stealing a postal package and one count of burglary.

The incident reportedly occurred this past Saturday, October 19, at the Belmopan Post Office. Deputy Postmaster General, James Gabourel, told Amandala today that the management of the Belize Postal Service became concerned earlier this year, based upon reports that items had gone missing from the parcels and packages of various customers.

As a result, Gabourel said that investigations were launched, but at the time, they could not find out who was culpable.

According to Gabourel, the management then further decided to install security cameras inside the parcel section of the post office. The Postal Supervisor in Belmopan was then tasked to do regular revision of the footage. While doing revision of the footage from last weekend, Gabourel told us, the supervisor noticed that Tania Davis, who was employed as a Class 2 Postal Clerk, gained entrance into the building without authorization and then entered the parcel vault. Thereafter, she was reportedly seen to be tampering with packages and parcels.

As a result, Gabourel said, the matter was reported to the Belmopan police, who then took over the case.

Subsequently, police searched Davis’ premises on instructions from the Postmaster General. There, they recovered twenty-six parcels of mail addressed to various persons from the Belmopan area. During the search, the police also discovered a duplicate bunch of keys which Davis allegedly used to gain entrance to the building.

The Deputy Postmaster General categorically stated that the Belize Postal Service has a zero tolerance policy for postal officers who are found tampering with, and/or pilfering mail parcels and packages belonging to their customers. He stated that they expect the matter to be dealt with to the full extent of the law.

Tania Davis was employed as a temporary employee at the Belize Postal Service for the past three years. She was offered bail in the sum of $5,000 and is due back in court on January 23, 2014.

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