Postal worker in Polk County stole money, gift cards

CROOKSTON — A former postal worker will spend 90 days in jail for stealing money from greeting cards, including some intended for a high school graduate.

Timothy Merle Conger, 25, of Bagley, Minn., was sentenced Tuesday in Polk County District Court for mail theft, a felony that carries a maximum punishment of three years in prison. He also was given 24 months in prison, but that sentence was suspended for four years as long as he follows the conditions of his probation.

A criminal complaint filed in September details how the U.S. Postal Service found out Conger, who worked for a post office in Polk and Clearwater counties, was stealing money from the mail. A high school graduate’s grandfather told the USPS in June 2017 some of the cards the student received in the mail had been opened and resealed by tape after the cash inside had been removed, according to a criminal complaint.

Investigators tracked one of the gift cards that was intended for the graduate to Conger, who used the card at Target, according to the complaint.

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