Tuesday, February 11, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - A fired Westminster College mailroom employee will stand trial on charges she stole letters and other items meant for students and employees of the institution.
Debra Sue White, 59, waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Lawrence County Central Court on Tuesday. The waiving of the hearing means the case automatically moves forward to trial in superior court.
White lives in Hubbard, OH. In late December, police went forward with charges that included theft and receiving stolen property from March 1, 2010 to May 6, 2011. She is accused of stealing 55 pieces of mail.
Investigators say Westminster College fired White on May 16, 2011, after she became the prime suspect in the investigation. Police say she was interviewed in Sept. 2010 with her lawyer present. They say she admitted to the thefts during that interview.
Police accused her of taking mail she felt had a high probability of containing cash, gift cards or event lottery tickets. The thefts involve 40 victims with an estimated loss of $1,695.
College officials say there was a 10 year period that the Westminster mailroom experienced problems of missing mail. Police say White was working in the mailroom during that time period. They said she even assisted postal inspectors at one point in an investigation of the thefts.