Meriden postal worker arraigned on theft chargesBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
January 26. 2016 10:10PM
CLAREMONT — A part-time postal worker at the Meriden Post Office who is accused of stealing cash and gift cards from mail she was sorting entered not guilty pleas at her arraignment in the 5th Circuit Court District Division in Claremont on Monday.
Kim Smith, 50, of Hartland, Vt., is charged with four misdemeanors — theft by unauthorized taking, receiving stolen property, carrying a loaded handgun without a license, and abuse of office, a charge specifically aimed at public servants.
Smith is accused of taking a total of $1,120 — $920 in gift cards and $200 in cash.
She was arrested Dec. 10 and was released on $5,000 personal recognizance.
In December, Plainfield Police Chief Paul Roberts said his department began investigating Smith after receiving complaints from residents about missing gift cards and cash from their mail. Meriden is a village of the town of Plainfield.
Roberts called in the USPS Office of Inspector General, and surveillance cameras were installed in the small village post office located on the Kimball Union Academy campus.
During the investigation, police also searched her car and found a .380 Hi-Point pistol with a clip/magazine loaded and concealed in the door pocket. She did not have a license for the pistol, so it was seized by police.
She is also accused of knowingly using gifts cards that she stole to make purchases online.
Smith has been employed by the U.S. Postal Service for the last 14 years and worked in the Hartland, Vt., post office prior to coming to Meriden in July 2015.
As a part-time flexible employee, Smith would have been the most likely employee to be called on to pick up a shift at a post office in the surrounding area when a request is made to Meriden for an extra worker, according to U.S. Postal Service spokesman Steve Doherty.
Roberts said he knows she has worked in the Hartland and Weathersfield, Vt., office and in the Lebanon, N.H., post office.
She is scheduled to return to the 5th Circuit Court District Division in Newport on Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. for a probable cause hearing on the charges.