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Worker Charged with Stealing From Massapequa Park Post Office

Uniondale man accused of taking cash and DVDs

A worker at the has been arrested for stealing money and property from customers, Nassau County prosecutors said Thursday.

Harold Gutierrez, 49, of Uniondale is accused of pocketing $1,471 by improperly ringing up customers. 

Gutierrez allegely entered false customer transactions, or would omit retail transactions entirely.

He kept the money to pay personal expenses, prosecutors said. He also admitted to stealing DVDs from Netflix and Blockbuster mailings.

Gutierrez was charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records and criminal possession of stolen property.

The arrest came after an internal investigation by the Post office, a law enforcement source said. 

A call to the Postal Service Inspector General's Office was not immediately returned.

In addition to Guttirez' arrest, two other postal workers, Lisa Jiminez, 45, of the Bronx, and Rita Haynes, 56, of Roosevelt were charged with stealing money from the Uniondale and Hicksville Post Offices respectively in separate incidents.

Gina Serra DiBartolo February 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM
What a shame. Harold was so nice and helpful. You just don't know who you can trust!
Dick Blair February 10, 2012 at 02:55 PM
"...extremely helpful, smiling, friendly, and appeared to love his job…" the modus operandi of the con artist. He was especially helpful, smiling and friendly to all the patrons that he took the Netflix and Blockbuster mailings.
Ken February 10, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Life could be very tough on some. We do not know what desperation he faced. If this is his first offense, I hope they are lenient on him. Knowing the Federal Government, that just may be a dream. I wish him the best.
Steve February 11, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Yes he was always helpful and courteous. Mostly everyone that works there have excellent cutomer service skills. Not making excuses for him , but it is a sign of the times. These postal workers do not make much money compared to most people and it sometimes can lead good people to do stupid things.
MASSAPEQUA mom February 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Steve, ..."not making much money" is never a justification for crime. Crossing that line is a lack of conscience,that is, a weak character . Of course he is " innocent until proven guilty", but let's not forget that con artists consistently manifest a friendly personality. I am disappointed and angry that we all were fooled, and others were victimized by him.

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