F’ville post office installs safety fixes after robbery

Postal inspectors are continuing to investigate the Jan. 29 robbery of a postal truck driver at the Fayetteville Post Office.

Meanwhile, postal officials have corrected several “areas of vulnerability” that were revealed by a risk assessment in the wake of the robbery, said Postal Inspector Yulanda Burns.

“Any vulnerable areas that we did find were corrected for the safety of our postal employees and the safety of our customers,” Burns said.

The contract truck driver was physically accosted by two men just after 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in the rear fenced-in area of the post office, officials said. The two men got away with three postal bags, but officials have not revealed if the bags contained mail or the night deposits.

Burns said if mail was taken, the recipients have already been notified of the missing mail.

The investigation is ongoing and is not “cold” by any means, Burns said. Postal inspectors have spoken with people in the area trying to learn about any suspicious activity in the area, she added.

“We’re trying to fit all the puzzle pieces together,” Burns said.

The truck driver who was assaulted was a contract employee who drove a tractor trailer; the victim was not a letter carrier, Burns said.

Fayetteville police and Fayette County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene when the robbery was reported to 911. K-9 dogs were used in an attempt to track the suspects’ trail and the area was canvassed for any witnesses to the attack.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call postal inspectors at 1-877-876-2455. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons who committed the crime.