BRONXVILLE — A longtime Yonkers Post Office employee has been arrested and charged with mail theft after a six-month investigation by federal agents.
Federal investigators said Deisy Granados, 45, of Hartsdale, stole mail from the Bronxville Post Office on Tuesday and a Macy’s gift card that they mailed through the Yonkers post office in June.
Granados appeared Wednesday in federal court in White Plains on a charge of mail theft by a postal employee.
She was released without bail.
U.S. Postal Service agents said they confronted Granados on Tuesday as she got into her car at the Bronxville Post Office, where she was transferred in June.
She had been under surveillance and was seen stealing mail from the office that day, according to an affidavit by Special Agent Jennifer Oddo.
After searching her and her car, agents seized about 20 pieces of mail that weren’t addressed to her, the affidavit says.
Agents said Granados, who began working for the postal service in 1994 as a window clerk in the Yonkers office, acknowledged that she had been stealing mail since April.
It was the same month agents began investigating reports of mail theft at the Yonkers office.
Agents say they placed gift cards in mail routed through the Yonkers office, recorded the serial numbers and discovered one of the cards was redeemed June 21 at the Macy’s store in Yonkers.
Surveillance footage revealed that Granados redeemed it, the affidavit says.
Shortly after Granados was transferred to the Bronxville office, mail thefts were reported there, agents said.
Reached on the phone Friday, Granados said, “No,” when asked if she stole mail.
But she declined further comment.
She is due in court Oct. 31 for a preliminary hearing.