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.