An Post worker suspected of stealing cash from letters

AN POST officials are appealing for anybody who has had their mail tampered with, or who hasn’t receive expected cash through the post to contact them after an employee was arrested on suspicion of theft from a major sorting office.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was working at the company’s mail centre in Little Island.

The company’s internal investigation team called in gardaí after they became suspicious of a worker there. The team was called in after An Post received complaints that money had gone missing from envelopes, or that envelopes appeared to have been opened.

It has emerged that the employee was arrested last week and taken to Cobh Garda Station where he was questioned at length.

A Garda spokesman confirmed he was subsequently released without charge and that a file would now be prepared for the DPP.

Gardaí have not disclosed how much money was missing, but say their investigation is still ongoing.

An Post said it is a criminal offence to tamper with mail.

Mail posted in counties Cork, Kerry, Clare, Limerick and Waterford is processed through the Little Island centre, one of four national processing hubs, and it also houses a delivery service unit from which letters for Carrigtwohill, Little Island, Glanmire and Glounthaune and all parcels for Cork city are processed.

Anybody concerned that they have not received expected money through the post is asked to contact An Post Customer Service on 1850 575859.

Meanwhile, in a separate operation, gardaí in Fermoy seized eight mostly mature cannabis plants from a house in the town yesterday.

Shortly before 9am, detectives armed with a search warrant, searched the house in the Duntahane Road area and seized the plants.

A Garda spokesman said the plants were being grown in a specially converted room fitted with heatlamps.

“Some of the plants were up to 5ft tall, while others were at various stages of growth,” he said.

A man in his early 30s was arrested at the scene and taken to Fermoy Garda Station where he was being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.


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