Virginia Beach postal service worker pleads guilty to stealing mail

A U.S. Postal Service worker could spend five years in federal prison for stealing mail, according to court documents.

Lorre A. Garrison, 53, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to stealing mail from Virginia Beach residents in 2015.

Garrison admitted to hiding a tub of mail in her closet, a tray of it under her bed and bags of it in the corner of her bedroom while she was working at the Princess Anne Station, according to documents filed in the U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia.

In her home police found two opened packages, 20 “rifled-through” packages and 20 opened pieces of mail. The mail included greeting cards and credit card information, court documents state.

Police received an anonymous tip that Garrison was stealing mail from about January 2015 to February 2015. She was arrested on Oct. 13.

Garrison’s plea is part of an agreement between her, her defense attorney, Suzanne Katchmar, and federal prosecutor Elizabeth Yusi.

Katchmar declined to comment on Garrison’s case.

The maximum punishment for Garrison’s crime includes five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release for up to three years, court documents state.

The plea agreement mandates that Garrison pay full restitution to her victims – an amount undetermined at this time, said U.S. Eastern District Court of Virginia Magistrate Judge Douglas Miller.

In exchange for Garrison’s plea, Yusi agreed not to prosecute her on three other federal charges that alleged she also stole mail in 2014.

Garrison will remain out of jail until her March 9, 2017 sentencing. She was granted a $5,000 unsecured bond on Oct. 20 by federal Judge Lawrence R. Leonard. Electronic monitoring was included as a condition of her release.

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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.