MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information which leads to the arrest of two people who robbed a postal carrier of her mailbox key earlier this week.
On Wednesday police and employees of the postal inspection department handed out fliers at the Alhambra Cove Apartments complex, 1560 NW 119th Street, where the robbery took place Tuesday afternoon.
“They pointed a gun at her head and demanded the key then they took off running in the opposite direction,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Blad Rojo.
The Postal Service said the carrier, who was checked out by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, was not hurt and the men who stole the key took off on foot after the robbery.
This was not the first time something like this has happened in the area.
In July, a female postal carrier was robbed of her key by two men in the 1000 block of NE 127th Street.
“One of them kinda had her in a choke hold while the other one came around and stripped her of her keys,” said postal service spokesman Ivan Ramirez at the time.
The letter carrier was shaken up, but not hurt.
Residents are concerned that the peaceful community in is danger.
“They’re little kids running around here, this is a nice neighborhood. For something like this to happen, it’s not good,” said Serg Pierre, a neighborhood resident.
Postal inspectors say this is the fourth time this year that a postal worker has been robbed. They believe that the motive in each case is identity theft and fraud.
“What they’re looking for is to open up the mailboxes; following it up with a financial crime,” said Rojo.
Anyone with information on the robberies is urged to call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 and select Option 2.