Stolen mail to be returned as of next week.
Efforts are underway to deliver mail stolen by a 37-year-old postal worker to its rightful owners as of next week, head of the postal services Andreas Gregoriou said on Tuesday.
The island's postal service in cooperation with the police is trying to sort out the mess created following the discovery that one of its employees at the old Larnaca airport mail sorting office, who was arrested on Sunday, had been stealing mail sacks with undelivered letters and parcels for the last 18 months. The sacks contained mail sent to and from Cyprus.
Police located more than 200 mail sacks with thousands of undelivered letters and parcels in the suspect's car and home. The 37-year-old, who reportedly admitted that stealing was a vice of his despite the fact he knew it was wrong, was remanded on Monday for eight days.
"It was an unfortunate incident and an isolated one. It appears that he was acting on his own, that he didn't have any accomplices," Gregoriou told the Cyprus Mail.
All the recovered items were taken to the Larnaca police headquarters to be registered, while procedures are underway to return as many as possible to their recipients.
This will not be an easy task however, Gregoriou said, as many of those letters and parcels have been opened by the 37-year-old, and they have no longer any recipient details on them.
"We expect the sorting to be finished by tomorrow or Thursday and by Monday we will begin delivering the items to their recipients," Gregoriou said.
He added that the completion of the investigation would allow the service to take measures to cover blind spots as regards the surveillance system and the procedures followed.
In the case of mail that was sent unregistered, Gregoriou said, for all the envelopes that no longer have recipient details on them, there is no way of knowing to who they belong, and they are not eligible for compensation.
"Compensation concerns only letters and parcels that have been sent as registered items or through the datapost service," Gregoriou said.
Customers who sent or expect registered items or through the datapost service may visit the website of the postal services and download and fill a postal item inquiry form (www.mcw.gov.cy/mcw/postal/)
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