Calgary police have charged a local postal employee in connection to the theft of over $30,000 in merchandise at the northeast distribution facility.

Canada Post Security contacted police in November 2012 to report that several mail items that were being returned to the original senders had being stolen.

It’s alleged the thefts, which involved phones that had been sent to the manufacturer, took place between September and December 2012 at Canada Post’s distribution centre in northeast Calgary.

Almario Mendoza Torres, 42, of Calgary, was charged with theft from mail over $5,000 on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 and will next appear in Calgary Provincial Court on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.