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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A WTVR CBS 6 viewer said she watched a US Postal Service worker appear to steal toy donations from two Special Olympics Virginia collection bins in Glen Allen Thursday afternoon. Cressa Hughes was driving in the parking lot outside of Pet Smart when she said she noticed a USPS truck backed up to a couple of donation bins. She said she then noticed the driver stand up and look around.

“And then (he) bent over and started putting toys in a play pen in the back of the truck, and then he shut the back of the truck,” Hughes said.

Hughes snapped a picture after she said the man appeared to steal the toys and sent it to CBS 6 asking “is this legal?”

“When you see a mail carrier shove it in the back of their truck, it’s pretty odd,” Hughes said.

CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit talked to somebody with Special Olympics Virginia, who said they don’t have a relationship with the US Postal Service.

However, she also said that any items that are left outside of these bins, are not considered donated.

Still, Special Olympics Virginia said they will pick up those items that are left outside the bin, but they’re typically damaged by the weather, and they’re no longer of any use.

“I guess he figured nobody would know,” Hughes said.

Cressa Hughes and Melissa Hipolit

Cressa Hughes and Melissa Hipolit

After being shown the photo, a spokesperson for the US Postal Service said the appropriate officials were notified of the incident, including the agency that oversees the postal workforce.

“The Postal Service takes very seriously any allegations of wrongdoing on the part of our employees. We appreciate the customer coming forward with this information.”