Helena-area mail carrier gets 2 years probation for mail theft

A carrier who delivered mail in the Helena area for the U.S. Postal Service was sentenced Monday after she admitted to stealing mail from an estimated 90 people on her route, authorities said.

Katie Elizabeth Bowlds, 39, of Helena was in search of cash and gift cards and stole mail, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris sentenced Bowlds to two years of probation and ordered $1,847 in restitution.

Bowlds pleaded guilty in April to possession of stolen mail.

The government alleged in court documents that in 2022, Bowlds worked as a contract delivery services carrier for the U.S. Postal Service on a rural route in the Helena area.

“In the spring of 2022, Bowlds stole hundreds of greeting cards from her postal route in search of cash and gift cards,” officials said. “Many of these greeting cards contained small denominations of cash and gift cards and were intended for birthdays, anniversaries and other life events. The cards never reached the intended recipients because of Bowlds’ thefts.”

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office asserts Bowlds’ actions affected more than 90 victims.

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