Tensy May Smith, a letter carrier for the postal service who has worked in the town of Pound Ridge (Westchester County), was arrested earlier today in a joint investigation by the Pound Ridge Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service.
After receiving numerous complaints of people losing debit cards, gift cards and other items of value, law enforcement set up a sting and executed a search warrant Ms. Smith’s home. According to reports, the police allegedly recovered approximately $70,000 worth of stolen property belonging to residents along Ms. Smith’s delivery route. Moreover, law enforcement caught Ms. Smith “red handed,” when she allegedly was found trying to steal from the mail under the watchful eye of Postal Inspectors and local police.
As a result of the arrest and search warrant, Ms. Smith is charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree (New York Penal Law 155.40). Grand Larceny in the Second Degree involves the theft of property that exceeds $50,000 in value, but is $1 Million or less. If convicted, Ms. Smith faces up to 5 to 15 years in state prison. Moreover, prosecutors will likely seek some amount of restitution of other thefts can be proved.
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