Friday, July 1, 2022

USPS mail carrier robbed at gunpoint in Takoma Park

Takoma Park police say a United States Postal Service mail carrier was robbed at gunpoint early yesterday afternoon. The carrier was delivering mail in the 7400 block of Holly Avenue at 1:15 PM Thursday, when he was approached by two masked suspects wielding at least one firearm. Unspecified property was obtained from the mail carrier, and the two suspects fled on foot toward Cedar Avenue, where a "black sedan" getaway car was awaiting them. The mail carrier was not seriously injured, police say.

Armed robbery of mail carriers has increasingly become a problem in Montgomery County, and in other parts of the country. Robbers are seeking the "arrow" keys that mail carriers use to open all of the mailboxes in a particular area. They then open the mailboxes and steal checks, on which they use a chemical that allows them to write new names and dollar amounts. As a result, police have turned the investigation of this incident over to the USPS.

But USPS still needs your help to solve the crime. Takoma Park police describe the two suspecs as lack males, approximately 5'6 to 5'8, 150-180 lbs., age approximate 20's, both last seen wearing black t-shirts, gray jackets and blue jeans and both wearing a face mask. Investigators are asking that anyone with information about this incident, or knows the identities of the suspects, please contact the United States Postal Inspection Service Detective at 202-636-2220.

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