COBLESKILL – A Fultonville woman used a postal service uniform to gain access to secure area at the post office and took cash, police said this week.
Police Tuesday arrested Brittany L. Bailey, 24, and charged her with petit larceny and criminal impersonation, misdemeanors. A federal investigation is ongoing into the incident and how she got the uniform and others found in her possession, officials said.
The incident happened Sept. 7 at the Cobleskill Post Office, police said. Police said Bailey, who is not a postal service employee, entered the building during normal business hours wearing the uniform and “acted in a manner to lead the Post Office employees to believe she was also a USPS employee,” police said in a release posted to Facebook.
While the clerk was distracted, Bailey then took $400 from the cash register, police said. The theft wasn’t discovered until later in the day, after Bailey had left, police said. Police then received a report from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Sept. 11.
Cobleskill police officials couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday on the investigation, including whether other charges had been considered or whether their investigation remains ongoing.
A postal inspector confirmed Wednesday that their own investigation remains ongoing and a decision on federal charges hasn’t been made. Impersonating a postal employee is a federal crime, he confirmed.
Bailey was released to return to court later.