USPS carrier accused of stealing mail, ID theft

Kathleen Reading Benting was released from custody around 2 a.m. on Thursday.

Kathleen Reading Benting, Dec. 9, 2015 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Kathleen Reading Benting, Dec. 9, 2015 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) – A United State Postal Service (USPS) employee is accused of stealing customer mail, according to police.

Kathleen Reading Benting, 62, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on 3 counts of ID theft and 5 counts of felony mail theft. She will be arraigned on Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say she was arrested on Wednesday around 4 p.m. near Powell and Eastman Parkway after she finished her delivery route.

She has been employed by USPS for 26 years and had the same Gresham route for the past 15.

Police say she was stealing coupons that she was supposed to be delivering. Coupons from Kohl’s, JCPenney, Victoria’s Secret and other companies that give a shopper a free $10 or $20 to spend.

According to police, Benting would pretend to be the resident listed on the coupon. Police were alerted by employees at Kohl’s, who became suspicious that one person was using so many coupons.

When Benting was arrested, she had nearly 100 pieces of mail on her that she should’ve delivered that day. She also had 100 more pieces of stolen mail in her car.

Benting was released from custody around 2 a.m. on Thursday.

 

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