Mar 042013



Saturday, March 2, 2013

ECU police arrested a mail services employee on Friday in connection to the theft of more than 300 pieces of mail, officials said.

Iris Harper, 49, 2701 Thackery Road, was an employee at University Mail Services on Founders Drive and was arrested at the police department at the Blount House on 10th Street.

Harper was charged with embezzlement of state property by a public employee after she confessed to the crime, according to Lt. Chris Sutton with the department.

“We did receive a written confession from her this morning while she was being interviewed by our lead investigator for the case, as well as an agent from the U.S. Postal Service,” Sutton said.

The investigation began in September after several people reported they had not received their mail. Police determined that Harper would return to work after hours and look through the mail that was to be delivered the following day, primarily picking items that likely contained cash and gift cards.

“It seems like items that were taken were … greeting cards, things that were packaged like a greeting card, something you would get from a card shop,” Sutton said. “Those seemed to be the items that were pulled, were searched through and removed.”

Sutton said a monetary value for the items stolen is not available as the investigation is ongoing. He also could not confirm or deny if there were any additional suspects or other charges that could be filed.

Harper is no longer assigned to the mailroom and has been working for the university since 1991.

Sutton said anyone on campus who is missing mail is asked to report it to the department at 328-6787.

“If anybody feels on campus that they were supposed to have received mail and they never did receive that mail, if they can go back to find who sent it and have some type of date and time that it was sent, that would help us in our investigation as we continue to look and move forward with this,” he said.

via The Daily Reflector.


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