MAIL THEFT MAN JAILED.
A ROYAL Mail boss who stole PS20,000 from the post as "revenge" for being made redundant after 32 years of loyal service has been jailed for 16 months.
Paul Surtees, 49, who was responsible for special delivery items, admitted seven charges of theft. He stole cash and valuables over 12 months, even though he was due to pick up a PS73,000 redundancy package.
His haul included more than PS4,000 of gift cards and vouchers, a PS4,500 pack of cash and PS1,500 of fire-damaged notes which were destined for the Bank of England.
The Royal Mail began a surveillance operation in July last year at Leeds Mail Centre because items were not reaching their destinations.
Surtees was seen dealing "inappropriately" with packages and stolen items were later found in his bag and more were found after searches of his car and home, Leeds crown court heard.
Surtees, from Leeds, who had worked for the Royal Mail since he was 16, said revenge at being made redundant was part of his motivation for the thefts.
Mitigating, Narinder Rathour said: "He was certainly bitter about how he was treated." Most of the items have been recovered, apart from PS2,800 in cash.
Recorder Simon Batiste said: "Part of the motivation was based on anger and revenge."
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