Northern NY Mail Carrier Pleads Guilty; Victimized Collector ‘Frustrated’

A long-time mail carrier in northern New York admits he stole items from customers on his route, including some valuable sports cards.

Douglas Harrigton, 53, of Glens Falls, New York, a postal employee for over 30 years, was a letter carrier assigned to the Glens Falls Post Office.  He admitted that he stole items from three customers on his route as a letter carrier between September 2010 and April 2011. The items that Harrington stole included prescription drugs, United States currency and sports cards.

Harrington was charged and pleaded guilty this week, following a six-month investigation by the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general.  He could face jail time, but it’s possible he’ll avoid anything beyond home confinement and an order to pay reimbursement of $300.

The whole process has been a nightmare for the collector who was one of Harrington’s victims, who expressed frustration with the investigation.  The Post-Star has more.