Teresa Sue Swiger

A worker at the LaFayette post office has been arrested for allegedly trying to make copies of keys that would have given her access to a cash drawer and personnel files.

Teresa Sue Swiger, 48, of LaFayette has been charged with misdemeanor theft.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports:

On Monday, March 16, sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Swiger took the postmaster’s keys from a counter in the PO’s employee area.

When the postmaster returned and found the keys missing, she was told that Swiger had taken them and left for lunch.

When Swiger returned, the postmaster asked about the keys. Swiger admitted she had them and gave them back.

The postmaster said Swiger was very nervous and her face turned red when confronted,

The postmaster called Ace Hardware in LaFayette to ask if anyone from the postal service had visited the store to make copies of keys, and store employees said she had. The postmaster went to the store to view surveillance video. Swiger was positively identified on the video.

Two personal keys of the postmaster were copied at Ace Hardware.

Two of the keys Swiger allegedly tried to copy were to the post office’s cash drawer and a filing cabinet containing employees’ personal information. Ace Hardware refused to make copies to the keys due to the “Do not duplicate’ label on them.

LaFayette police were immediately notified. They asked Swiger about making copies of the keys. She allegedly told them she believed the keys were for everyone and claimed to have had a set of her own in the past. Swiger said she did not think it was a big deal to take the keys to be copied.

Asked if she had made any more copies to post office keys, Swiger admitted to and showed the other copies to authorities. The postmaster said those copies were to every door at the post office.

Swiger was arrested and booked at the Walker County jail for misdemeanor theft by taking.

The U.S. Postal Service inspector general received a copy of the case file on Wednesday, March 18.