Middletown mailman threw mail in dumpster

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A postal worker in Middletown has been fired after mail was discovered in a trash dumpster behind a supermarket in February.

“Its people’s personal mail and the person should be prosecuted,” said Ray Lumley of Middletown

Officials with the Office of the Inspector General and the US Postal Service say Scott Sears, a city carrier assistant, threw a large amount of mail in a dumpster outside the Price Chopper Feb. 9. How or why it happened in the first place is unclear, but those close to the investigation say Sears told them it was an accident.

“I’m skeptical that you just accidentally dumped mail into a dumpster,” said Scott Guertin of Middletown. “I mean, it’s not really on the way to putting mail in mailboxes.”

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Postal service officials say Sears, who was hired last summer, is no longer on the job, but won’t say if an arrest is coming. The Office of the Inspector General released a statement about what occurred.

“This investigation is complete and a report from our office was issued to the US Postal Service for whatever action they deemed appropriate,” reads the statement. “All of the discarded mail was recovered and placed back into the mail stream for delivery to the intended recipients.”

It took two days for the mail that was discarded to be given to those whom the parcels were addressed, but what happened in Middletown isn’t the first time a postal worker has been investigated in our state. Last month a mail carrier in Uncasville was also accused of throwing out mail. That said, those we talked to say they think what the Middletown carrier did was an isolated incident, insisting the postal workers they know do a great job.

News 8 has reached out to officials with Price Chopper for comment and is still waiting to hear back.

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