Trial begins for woman charged with mail theft

Posted at 2:30 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 16:30:09-04

The trial for Kayla Gruce, a former U.S. Postal Service employee in Pondera County, began on Tuesday afternoon in federal court.

Gruce has been charged with theft of mail by officer or employee and destruction of mail.

She was a USPS employee at the time of the incidents.

According to court documents, the incidents in question took place between June of 2017 and September of 2017. The documents state Gruce knowingly destroyed letters and postcards without authorization by law.

In June of 2018, Gruce decided to not take a plea agreement and wanted to move forward with a trial.

(April 5, 2018)  Kayla Gruce, a former U.S. Postal Service employee in Pondera County, has been charged in federal court with two felonies.

KRTV has confirmed that Gruce was a USPS employee, but no longer works for the agency.

Court documents allege that starting in June 2017 and continuing until about September 26, 2017, Gruce did "knowingly steal, abstract, and remove from any letter, postal card, package, bag, and mail, which came into her possession and intended to be conveyed by mail, any article or thing contained therein.

Court documents also allege that during that time, Gruce "did knowingly and unlawfully destroy letters and post cards entrusted to her and which came into her possession, and were intended to be conveyed by mail."

Gruce is charged with theft of mail by officer or employee, and destruction of mail, both of which are federal felonies.

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