Major victims of Queenstown’s mail theft scandal are being asked to formally complain to police as the investigation continues.
Police have prepared a letter to be sent out to hundreds of local residents who had undelivered mail opened and items allegedly stolen by a former New Zealand Post worker.
The opened mail – about 1600 items – will be hand-delivered with the police letter to its intended recipients by NZ Post staff this Sunday.
“Police are aware that many people have been inconvenienced and are angry at what is alleged to have occurred over the past two years and more than 18,000 individual articles of mail have been seized and catalogued for return,” the police letter says.
Police need as much information from complainants as possible relating to serious financial and emotional impact – to build its prosecution case.
“Due to the significant number of victims in this matter, it is asked that you consider whether the loss you have suffered is of such significance that it goes beyond inconvenience or anger and instead warrants further investigation,” the letter adds.
Those with opened mail must consider whether they’ve suffered a substantive pecuniary loss or emotional, psychological or physical loss.
“An example may be where an undelivered letter from a medical health professional has resulted in physical or emotional trauma due to the non-receipt of information.
Complainants must fill out formal written statements and a victim impact statement – attached with the letter – and return the forms to Queenstown Police Station by 4pm on February 8.
A NZ Post spokesman confirms that the 1600 items of tampered-with mail will also be returned on Sunday with 700 unopened items which were discovered in mid-December.
Queenstowner Philippa Lynette Lindsay, 32, is accused of stealing about 17,000 items of mail and stashing it in her Frankton Road house and an Arrowtown storage facility.
Lindsay was contracted to deliver the mail to Fernhill, Sunshine Bay, Arrowtown and Lake Hayes Estate.
She faces a representative charge of theft between September, 2010 and November, 2012 and has not yet entered a plea in Queenstown District Court.