$25,000 reward in postal robbery

The United States Postal Service is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two men who robbed a postal service contract truck driver at the Fayetteville Post Office Friday night.

U.S. Postal Inspectors are asking anyone who was at the post office between 6:30 and 7:30 to contact them at 1-877-876-2455. Witnesses may have unwittingly noticed something that could help with the case, said spokesperson Yulanda Burns.

“If they saw any suspicious activity, we really want them to call us,” Burns said.

The truck driver who was accosted by the two men was OK although it is not known if the employee was hurt in any way during the incident, which occurred after 7 p.m.

Postal inspectors are trying to determine if the robbery is connected with two other incidents: one at the Lovejoy post office in July and the other at the McDonough post office in November, Burns said. The McDonough incident was not a robbery but mail was stolen from the back dock area while the truck driver was not present, Burns said.

Fayetteville police and Fayette County sheriff’s deputies searched the area of the post office immediately after 911 was called, and K-9 units were also deployed to try and track the suspects.

The two men got away with three postal bags, police said. Initial radio reports indicated that the bags were deposit bags and that the driver struck one of the robbers in the abdomen with a metal pipe.

The incident occurred in the secured fenced area behind the post office, officials said.

Postal inspectors are not releasing many details of the crime. If the bags contained mail, persons whose mail was stolen will be contacted by the post office, Burns said.