Philippa Lynette Lindsay in the Queenstown District Court
The woman accused of stealing more than 17,000 pieces of
mail bound for Wakatipu homes has been remanded to February 14
for a post-committal conference.
Philippa Lynette Lindsay (32), of Frankton, whose occupation
was listed as ‘‘postal worker'', stood with her hands clasped
when she appeared before Judge Lawrence Ryan in the
Queenstown District Court yesterday.
She faces one indictably laid charge of stealing mail and
parcels, between September 1, 2010 and November 9, 2012.
Prosecuting Sergeant Ian Collin said police were seeking an
extension to January 30 to file written statements. The
extension was required because of the ‘‘significant amount of
police work to be undertaken''.
‘‘In terms of the position . . . there's in the range of
17,000, shall we say, unopened items of mail that have
[started to be] delivered over the course of this weekend.
‘‘There are still 500 opened items.''
Police needed to contact both the senders of the opened items
and the intended recipients to ascertain what items ‘‘may or
may not have been taken''.
Judge Ryan granted the extension to January 30 and remanded
Lindsay on bail to February 14 for a post-committal
Lindsay, who had been contracted by NZ Post, was arrested on
November9 and charged after police found thousands of items
stored in her Frankton home and in a storage unit in
She had since lost her job and had been prohibited from
entering any NZ Post store.
On Sunday, 20 postal workers delivered overdue mail to more
than 1300 addresses in the Fernhill and Sunshine Bay, Lake
Hayes Estate and Arrowtown communities. Where occupants were
not at home, the posties left a card with NZ Post's contact
details so another time for delivery could be arranged.
It is expected to take weeks to complete the deliveries.
NZ Post said it would use ‘‘all available resources'' to
locate the intended recipients, including those who no longer
lived in the area.