Post van stolen during delivery rounds

A DISTINCTIVE green An Post van has gone missing on a delivery round in Limerick.

A postal worker was on her rounds delivering mail in Castletroy when an opportunist thief struck. Neither the mail nor the van have been found amid speculation the thief was targeting identity documents such as passports and driving licences.

An Post spokesman Angus Lafferty said: “The post woman was delivering in the Glanntan area of Castletroy. She stepped from the van to deliver some mail and a person wearing a hoodie jumped into the van and drove off. We have not heard about the van and the gardaí at Henry Street are investigating it. This is a very serious matter.

“There were about 100 letters and mail items for the Glanntan and Kylemore areas of Castletroy in the van when it was taken.”

In another incident, a postman was on his rounds in O’Callaghan Strand when a thief struck.

Mr Lafferty said: “The postman was delivering to apartments in Lansdowne Gardens and was delivering to a door when somebody smashed in the side window of the An Post van and grabbed two bundles of letters.”

He said there have been continuing problems in Limerick with the theft of mail from post personnel on their rounds.

Meanwhile, Cllr Kevin Kiely hit out at An Post saying many residents had not been informed post had been stolen.

“The stolen mail could have included registered mail and mail containing very confidential details, such as bank statements.

“If this information has been compromised it could have major implications. Customers should have been informed straight away so they could take quick action to contact their banks.

“It is my information that An Post have left ordinary members of the public open to theft through illegal withdrawals with their bank statement details being used.”

However, Mr Lafferty said that in a theft situation the procedure is to contact major customers such as An Post and also to alert customers in the area to where deliveries were being conducted.

Cllr Joe Leddin, whose family have strong links with the postal service in Limerick, said management at An Post are very concerned at the number of thefts involving mail.

“Over the past year, vans along with bikes and mail bags have been taken. Those involved are not looking for cash, but there are suspicions that identity documents, such as passports and driving licences, are being sought. I feel we need more community gardaí on duty.”

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