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Mailman steals 11,000 pieces of greeting cards and junk mail before stashing them in his car

By Mason White 11:33 AM November 13, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A mailman was arrested on a charge of theft after stealing thousands of pieces of mail and stashing them in his car, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 61-year-old John Hardingham of Smallburgh, has been sentenced to 40 weeks in prison, which was suspended, after pleading guilty to theft.

According to the police investigation, Hardingham stole 11,235 pieces of mail and stashed them in his car and in his home located on Union Road.

The crime was discovered in June, when police officers entered Hardingham’s home for an unrelated matter and found a lot of undelivered mail.

Investigators found 7,000 pieces of junk mail as well as greeting cards, letters from HSBC bank and insurance bills.

Hardingham was questioned by officials of Royal Mail, and he admitted to keeping the mail in his home and car. He resigned from Royal Mail after the discovery.

In addition to the suspended prison sentence, Hardingham was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and pay 460 pounds ($700) in court costs.