The Queenstown police will hold hundreds of opened items of
mail as evidence and it is still unknown when the mail will
be returned to its rightful owners.
Detective Sergeant Brian Cameron told the Otago Daily
Times yesterday police still had a ''reasonable amount''
of mail at the station, but could not say exactly how much
''We're still cataloguing and assessing much of it.
''We will have it back to them as soon as practicable, but we
are mindful of rules surrounding court evidence.''
Philippa Lynette Lindsay (32), who had been contracted by NZ
Post, was arrested on November 9 and charged after police
found thousands of items stored in her Frankton home and in a
storage unit in Arrowtown.
She has since lost her job and been prohibited from entering
any NZ Post store. In court on Monday, police prosecutor
Sergeant Ian Collin said there were about 550 opened
envelopes at the station.
Police have until January 30 to file court evidence before
Lindsay's post-committal appearance on February 14.
She faces one indictably laid charge of stealing mail and
parcels between September 1, 2010 and November 9, 2012.