WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service worker is facing charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards from residents along her route in Westfield and Southwick.

Kerry Friend was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty at her arraignment Wednesday in Westfield District Court on a charge of larceny over $250 by a single scheme.

Authorities allege that between Aug. 2013 and Oct. 2014, the 40-year-old Friend stole mail worth at least $2,000.

The Republican (http://bit.ly/1BX714y ) newspaper reports she was caught after being captured on video using a stolen gift card at a store.

Police allege the total value of items Friends stole from her mail route is believed to be much higher than what was recovered.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/