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Former Virginia Beach postal clerk pleads guilty to stealing money and gift cards from mail

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 14:00:36-04

Norfolk, Va. – A former Virginia Beach postal clerk pleaded guilty Wednesday to one charge of stealing from the United States Mail.

Trazzonna Jacobs, 27, worked as a postal clerk at the Bayside Postal Station in Virginia Beach. She admitted to stealing a $100 gift card and $7,000 in cash from two separate packages.

Court records say the investigation started when a postal customer complained about the missing gift card. The investigation determined the gift card was used at local stores and surveillance video identified Jacobs as the person using the gift card.

The Postal Service received another complaint against Jacobs when a customer had $7,000 in cash stolen from a package being sent overseas.  The customer identified Jacobs as the person who handled her package. The customer said she told Jacobs of the $7,000 in the box to ensure its safety. When the package arrived, the money was missing. The United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General found Jacobs’ fingerprints on the inside of the package.

Jacobs confessed to stealing the gift card and money, as well as other gift cards, in order to help pay bills and support her family.

Jacobs was indicted on February 18. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. She will be sentenced on July 7.