Rash Of Armed Robberies Concerns Postal Inspectors

5:43 PM, Dec 2, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A terrified D.C. postal truck driver is recovering at home after have a gun pointed at his head and getting locked in the back of his truck.

There have been nearly a dozen armed robberies like this in D.C. in the last year and a half. Postal inspectors fear a gang of thugs may be targeting postal workers. 

Neither sleet, nor rain, nor the threat of bankruptcy and armed robbery will stop postal workers from their appointed rounds. A big postal box truck back in front of the T St Post Office a day after another driver was held up at gunpoint, robbed of his packages and gift cards and the day's receipts. and then locked up in the back of the truck. "Life goes on, I got 51 years in this area," said the driver.

Lori McCallister of the US Postal Inspection Service says the driver, "...is shaken up obviously, but he was not injured, thankfully."

Nearly a dozen times since August 2010, armed robbers have held up DC area post offices, postal workers, and postal trucks.
Inspectors are unsure what's going on. "We're very concerned, obviously," says inspector McCallister. "We're not ruling anything out as a possibility. Some group of people. Individual acting alone. Two individuals acting together."

Investigators are stymied. They need someone to give them a tip to lead them to the bandits before an innocent bystander gets shot. "Any small item they think they saw or overheard. Anything could be everything for us," says McCallister.

The Post Office is at 14th and T, Northwest, an awfully busy intersection just off the U Street Corridor. And yet somehow the crook was able to grab the loot, stuff it in a black backpack and escape into the middle of the Thursday evening rush hour.

If you have any idea who did it, the Postal Inspection Service is offering a $50,000 reward. You can call 202-636-1479 -- and you can remain anonymous.

Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
9News Now & wusa9.com

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