WARREN, Mich. (FOX 2) - A postal worker in Warren is facing federal charges after nearly 15,000 pieces of undelivered mail were discovered inside her home.
Tiara Vann, an employee with the United States Postal Service, has worked at the Warren Post Office since November 2017. Authorities said the 30-year-old admitted to bringing home the mail since September but it's not clear why.
Her secret stash was discovered when she called a pest control worker to her home in Clinton Township in January. When officials came in for service, they saw all the pieces of mail. The property manager alerted the authorities and told them the mail was addressed to various names and addresses in Warren.
A search warrant was executed the next day and authorities say they recovered approximately 14,794 pieces of mail.
We went to what we believes is her home but were told Vann isn't there. We wanted to know why she kept all the mail but we weren't getting any answers.
Just like Elizabeth Dillard and Larry Webster Jr., didn't get any important mail over the past few months.
"I haven't even received my W2's yet and it was supposed to have come in mail, February second - I believe," Dillard said.
"We at least get one type of mail every day. Either it's some junk mail or anything like that." Webster said.
Over the past month and a half, Larry and Elizabeth notced mail was missing. They both said there were times they didn't get mail - plus their postal worker hadn't been around.
"It was 2 guys who were doing the route. I figured they were tag-teaming because of the weather. But I haven't seen her," Dillard said.
Vann was assigned to the route in the 48089 zip code. The postal service says some of the recently discovered mail could have come from other routes but they stress this allegation of serious mail hoarding is an exception - not the rule - of employees.
"The vast majority of U.S. Postal Service personnel are dedicated, hard-working public servants dedicated to moving mail to its proper destination who would never consider engaging in any form of criminal behavior. This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated and when a postal employee betrays that trust of the American people, the special agents in the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General vigorously investigate these matters as we did in this instance and work with local, state and federal prosecutors to hold accountable those employees who violate that public trust," the official added.
The mail will eventually be delivered to its intended location or returned to sender.