A Queenstown postie has been charged with theft of up to 3000 pieces of mail over two years.
The 32-year-old woman was arrested on Friday after police discovered scores of bundles of mail at her Frankton Road home following an investigation.
The mail should have been delivered to properties in Fernhill by the NZ Post worker.
Queenstown Police detective Grant Miller says: “Police have recovered a substantial amount of mail including parcels and letters from the woman’s Frankton Road address.”
Miller says NZ Post had received about 100 complaints about mail going missing in Fernhill over the past two years and the concerns were passed on to Queenstown Police last week.
Police had received four complaints and it was initially believed the mail was being stolen from letter boxes.
“The investigation is continuing and police are hoping with the assistance of NZ Post to be able to return the stolen items as soon as possible,” Miller says.
Miller says further charges are likely.
The woman is due to appear in Queenstown District Court this morning (Monday).
Anyone in the Fernhill area who believes they are missing mail should contact NZ Post Customer Service Centre 0800 501 501.