Postal worker from Fitchburg stole from customers and smoked crack on route

WORCESTER – A fired letter carrier from Fitchburg who smoked crack in her postal truck and stole thousands from customers on her Harvard mail route avoided a jail sentence Wednesday in federal court.

Stephanie Lacroix, 38, was sentenced to 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay about $37,000 in restitution after her lawyer argued that addiction, not greed, fueled her crimes.

“I just want to say sorry for everything that I’ve done,” Ms. Lacroix, who has maintained sobriety and is nursing a 5-month-old son, told the court.

Ms. Lacroix in March admitted to stealing cash, gifts and credit cards intended for more than 30 customers, including one who came to court Wednesday.

“She didn’t get a single birthday card on her ninth birthday,” Jessica Shlasko recalled of a young neighbor whose cards never reached their destination.

An agent with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General pulled Ms. Lacroix over in her postal truck in August 2018 after seeing her smoke from a glass pipe.

Two secret cameras had caught evidence of her stealing and smoking the pipe; she’d noticed the first camera, an agent wrote, but kept stealing.

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I don’t get it. You steal thousands of dollars from others and all you get is a slap on the wrist? If you were to go to a store or even the bank and did the same thing, you would go to jail. And,yes, I do mean without a weapon. I don’t care about the crack, she was not forced to do crack, but the crack forced her to steal. I don’t get it. She has to pay restitution, but no jail time. Not right, no wonder no one worries about going to jail for stealing.

“Too much paperwork”

Prime Postmaster material!

Look what color she is. If she was black they would have thrown the book at her and then some.

That’s clearly an absurd assumption as there have been many non white employees charged and convicted of stealing that have also done zero jail time. These cases rarely if ever result in jail time.

You may be right, Matthew; but the assumption is in no way absurd. Anyone who has studied the history of American jurisprudence can attest.

I guess she never thought about EAP4YOU on her crack addiction. I hope they don’t leave that baby ???????? with her!