Substitute contract mail carrier arrested for gift card theft
Lavada Pierce, 56, was arrested in Kirkland Thursday, Jan. 31, on suspicion of a gift card theft, according to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, Jan. 30, deputies met with a Kirkland resident who explained her daughter sent a pre-paid Walmart gift card in the amount of $25 in December and she never received it.
“With assistance of a Walmart online application, the victim’s daughter was able to find out the gift card had been used at the Walm art on Gail Gardner (Way) in Prescott,” the release stated. “The reporting deputy contacted Walmart security and was able to obtain a photo of a female using the stolen card at the Gail Gardner store.”
The photo was shown to the victim and a family member and they identified the suspect as Pierce, the local mail carrier. A deputy conducted a traffic stop of Pierce on Jan. 31 where it was learned she is a substitute mail carrier. She denied obtaining the gift card from the mail though eventually admitted to using it, stating she believed it had been sent to the post office as a thank you.
Based on the investigation, the deputy determined Pierce would be charged with theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft of credit card and fraud. She was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde and released the next day on a promise to appear.
US Postal Service law enforcement was notified and is conducting an investigation. The inspector has indicated Pierce may be a suspect in additional thefts and use of stolen gift cards, the YCSO said.
Anyone with additional information regarding the involvement of Pierce in the theft of mail or gift cards is urged to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 and refer to case 19-003646.
Information provided by the Sheriff’s Office.