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Post office thief bags underwear and toy phone

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13:12 CET+01:00
A man has been charged with the theft of thousands of letters and packages while employed at the post office sorting terminal in Alvesta in southern Sweden.

There are no fewer than 1,600 plaintiffs named in the indictment against the 26-year-old man who stands accused of having stolen 2,245 letters and packages with contents worth around 90,000 kronor ($11,500).

A raid at the man's home in October turned up 133 lottery tickets, 53 pendants, 33 necklaces, five items of underwear, 113 flower vouchers, two compasses and a toy mobile phone.

The man, who has been employed at the Alvesta terminal for several years has now been charged with aggravated theft and breach of post and telecom confidentially.

The management at the terminal had garnered suspicions that items were disappearing throughout the autumn. The post office's security department was called in and suspicions were soon concentrated on the 25-year-old man.

When the security department arrested the man in October and turned him over to the police he had stolen 40 items of mail that very day.

According to the indictment the man stole items on 26 separate occasions between August and October 2008.

The man has admitted the thefts and has been held in custody during the course of the investigation.

The trial begins on Friday in Växjö in southern Sweden.

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