Thieving postman hid stolen parcels in trousers, pockets and even socks
A POSTMAN who was found smuggling packages out of the sorting office in his pockets, waistband and even socks has avoided a jail term.
The judge sentencing Michael Norris told him the public expect to be able to trust postal staff and he had betrayed that trust.
The items the post office can identify he stole include iPhone, watches, greetings cards and even a donation to a children’s charity but they admit they do not know all the things he stole over an eight month period.
When investigators confronted Norris, aged 56, of Hendre Road, Tycroes, Ammanford, on February 11, they found 36 different packets hidden on his body.
When they searched his home they found a further 51 packets including 29 greetings cards.
They also found an iPhone which had been sent Recorded Delivery and a kilt pin as well as a Seiko Kinetic watch, an Elvis watch and a Swarvoski watch.
Many of the items he had taken were purchases from Ebay, prosecutor Anthony Vines said.
Norris admitted eight offences of theft but the investigation had cost more than £6,000 to complete, Swansea Crown Court was told.
Andrew Evans, for Norris, said: “The defendant accepts that the court could deprive him of his liberty immediately and since these offences have come to light he has done everything in his power to deal with the reasons he committed these offences.”
The court heard family problems had driven him to feel angry and resentful towards Royal Mail and he had begun stealing from his employers.
“He understands when he had issues with his employer he should have acted in a different way,” said Mr Evans.
Recorder Mark Powell told him: “The Royal Mil is one of the adornments of our society, whether privatised or not, and what you have done has harmed the public trust in Royal Mail. You systematically removed items from Royal Mail. How many items I have no means of knowing and probably you don’t either.
“It seems to me that you knew what you were doing and you did it deliberately,” said the judge.
He imposed a 12 month sentence but agreed to suspend it for 12 months. He was also told to pay £1,000 towards costs.
The court was told £612 has been taken by Royal Mail from his pension towards compensation.