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Postal Clerk Pleads Guilty to Stealing Mail, Money

Windsor Mill woman faces five years in prison and supervised release for pocketing gift cards from greeting cards while she worked at a sorting machine.

Dorothy Jean Gibson, age 56, of Windsor Mill, MD, pleaded guilty Friday to theft of mail by a postal service employee.

Video that was part of the investigation shows her opening greeting card envelopes and putting mail, gift cards and cash into her handbag, according to a news release from the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office.

She worked at the Linthicum Incoming Mail Facility, and faces five years in prison and supervised release.

Jackie October 05, 2012 at 08:07 PM
She was old enough to know better.
Janet Metzner October 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Amen. She was!
M. Sullivan October 06, 2012 at 06:59 AM
I hope she gets the max penalty. The mail service should be totally trustworthy.
Terry Vogt October 06, 2012 at 01:42 PM
First I'm hearing of this, and I work there!! How stupid to jeapordize a good job for a few bucks, KNOWING that inspectors are on the top floor! SMH
Kathy Hoatson October 06, 2012 at 02:06 PM
What an idiot.
Jeanne October 06, 2012 at 06:50 PM
My father always sent me a Valentines Day card with a $10.00 bill inside, one year I got the card and the envelope was resealed. When I opened the card the money was still inside but folded up and you could see on the card were it had been taped. I found out that and employee shoved the money back in the card real quick when he was in the process of stealing it because he didn't want to get caught. Sending cash through the mail is not a good idea but those ten dollar bills mean a lot to me especially now that my Dad is in Heaven and can't send me a Valentines Day card.
Al Day October 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
so thay explains why I never get any money in the mail anymore!!!
Donna Tyler Lehr October 06, 2012 at 10:03 PM
My father sends a big package from FL for Christmas, his presnts were inside but there were 16 gift cards inside an envelope for all the kids that were missing when we opened the package. Some jerk ruined their Christmas.
Fredd Garvinn October 06, 2012 at 10:36 PM
This brings out all the comments about how the Post Office ruined someone's holiday, wedding,etc. But none of the stories of how the Post Office made someones day with a card or a package. This employee was the very rare exception to the rule that the majority of Postal employees care about their jobs and do realize how much those personal mail pieces mean to people.
PerryHallParent October 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Fredd, you do bring up a valid point. There are a lot of good postal workers out there who go out of their way to get the job done. However, this article is about someone who did ruin someone's special package and people are going to chime in about their own experiences.
Grace B. October 07, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I ordered an iPod Touch a few years ago, for my husband's birthday. An empty box was delivered by the USPS. You could see where the box had been tampered with. You could see the actual imprint of the article on the packing slip, inside of the box. When I called to file a complaint, I was met with rudeness and arrogance from the local USPS location. I was told that postal employees simply do not steal. Yeah, right! I could list several other incidents as well. I now only use the services of the USPS in cases where there is no alternative. I pay all bills online or by phone. And, I haven't bought a stamp in more than a year. I simply won't patronize businesses that offer shoddy service. Voting with our pocketbooks is just about the only voice we have left.
Pat Barkley October 07, 2012 at 11:18 AM
I totally agree with you Grace. It seems you can't trust anyone anymore. Especially the government.
Ann Czarnecki October 14, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The post office is not the government ant more . When it was the mail was a lot safer.
Parkvillehoney October 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Grace, I agree with you. I have stopped going to the Parkville Post office for any type of service. The majority of Parkville counter clerks are very arrogant and rude. Even if the line was out the door, they still continued to work as slow as molasses. I go to the USPS off Cromwell Bridge Rd and the customer service is excellent.
Gina October 15, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Thieves are thieves regardless of employment. Just so happen she worked at the post office. To some degree that's wonderful because she commuted a federal crime. The crime will not be looked at lightly, it's a matter of trust.
Susan Schweinhart October 19, 2012 at 09:48 AM
I mailed a Ravens sweatshirt from Halethorpe to Frederick last year. It never arrived. When my husband and I tried to find out what happened to it, no one at the post office in halethorpe or at the main office downtown would tell us any thing about how far it had been tracked in the system or refund the postage we paid to mail it because, they said, we had not purchased insurance. We were not asking for them to pay us back for the value of the merchandise, just the $8.00 we paid in shipping. I don't understand why we would have to pay insurance to be reimbursed for shipping if they never deliver the package. Obviously they lost it or someone in the system stole it. If the $8.00 shipping I paid does not obligate them to actually deliver the package (or refund the shipping for services not rendered as agreed), then what the heck does that $8.00 actually buy me? Just their promise to MAYBE deliver it? If I am lucky? We were so angry at the way we were treated we switched to UPS for our eBay shipping.
PerryHallParent October 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Earlier in the comments Fredd made a point about how these comments are all about how the Postal Service ruined something for them and here is another example. However, once again, that's what this article is about. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, as well as experience and customer service. Enough people have complained about the postal service that sadly it's overshadowing the dedicated and caring employees working there. I have moved at least 90% of all my mailings to UPS, since they include free insurance up to a certain point and I have never had a problem from the excellent customer service in-store to the prompt and accurate delivery. People will always remember how you made them feel.
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