Virginia Beach postal worker accused of mail theft allowed to travel to NYC for Thanksgiving

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A U.S. Postal Service worker accused of stealing mail from Virginia Beach residents will be allowed to travel out of state for Thanksgiving.

Lorre A. Garrison was arrested on Oct. 13 after police say she hid mail she was supposed to deliver and stole items from the mail of Virginia Beach residents, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Police believe Garrison hid the mail in her home between Dec. 11, 2014 and Jan. 7, 2015. They also think she stole items from the mail from January 2015 to February 2015.

The indictment against Garrison was sealed on April 22, 2015, and remained sealed until her arrest, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Joshua Stueve.

Federal Judge Lawrence R. Leonard originally ordered Garrison to remain in custody on Oct. 17 due to strong evidence against her and the uncertainty that she would come to her court hearings if released, court documents state.

Three days later Leonard granted Garrison a $5,000 unsecured bond after a third-party person made their home available to her. The home has a land-line which will be used to monitor Garrison electronically as a condition of her release.

On Monday Garrison filed a motion requesting permission to travel outside of Virginia with her third-party custodian, sister and a family member to spend Thanksgiving in New York City. The motion states that Garrison will stay with her third-party custodian at all times.

Leonard granted that motion on Wednesday, ordering that Garrison be allowed to travel to New York City on Nov. 23 and return to Virginia on Nov. 25.

Garrison is scheduled to appear in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Dec. 20.

This is a developing story. Check back with Southside Daily for updates.

Mayfield can be reached at 352-431-9612.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.