A Tigard mailman will receive no jail time after he pleaded guilty to stealing birthday money from letters he was delivering.

Bruce Menzies, 54, was sentenced to three years probation on Dec. 11 for his crimes. Menzies, a postal carrier for more than 20 years, pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing letters from his customers in Portland.

In addition to probation, Menzies must pay a $2,500 fine and $300 in restitution. He will also pay a $100 fee for theft of U.S. mail.

The Post Office began investigating Menzies last year after receiving complaints from customers along his Portland route. One customer claimed her grandmother had been sending birthday cards and money to her two young children. The letters would arrive opened with the money missing, or sometimes not at all.

Menzies opened numerous items of mail between June and August 2012, according to the Inspector General’s Office, who investigated the case.

Menzies told the court he stole one or two letters a month. He used the money to buy alcohol, he told the court. He has since undergone treatment for alcoholism

Mensies was arrested March 25, 2013, and pleaded guilty in August. As part of his plea deal, he resigned from his position at the U.S. Postal Service.

“The majority of U.S. Postal Service employees are dedicated public servants who take great pride in ensuring the sanctity and security of U.S. mail,” said Pete Gately, general special agent in charge with the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector. “Unfortunately, Bruce Menzies betrayed the trust placed in him by the Postal Service and the public he was sworn to serve. His actions resulted in deserved consequences for such behavior.”

Gately said Menzies’ sentence demonstrates the Postal Service’s commitment to investigate and prosecute cases of mail tampering.

“The public can remain confident that the USPS OIG will continue to ensure the security of their mail,” Gately said.

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