Another worrying incident has taken place this week involving a postal worker being held at gunpoint and robbed, this time in East Harris County, Texas.
A long-serving east Harris County mail carrier was robbed at gunpoint while delivering mail on Monday afternoon, which was confirmed by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service late on Wednesday.
The agency reported that postal property was stolen in the incident but the postal worker, who neighbors say is named Will, was unharmed during the incident located at the 100 block of Moonridge Drive.
A neighbor’s doorbell camera caught the whole interaction on video which was then posted to Twitter by KPRC2 NBC Houston News reporter Bryce Newberry.
Postal Worker Master Keys Are Apparent Robbery Target
This is the second incident that we have covered in recent weeks at eSeller365 with the first occurring in Memphis Tennessee. Whilst it wasn’t confirmed, it was largely speculated that the target of the postal worker robbery in Memphis was also the master key for the area’s mailboxes.
As for this incident in Houston, surveillance videos captured a dark-colored sedan pulling up and a man in a hoodie got out of the car, and walked down the street toward Moonridge Drive.
Another doorbell camera video (The one from Twitter above) shows the man casually walking along the street, before charging at the mail carrier with a gun drawn.
He’s seen taking something from the mail carrier’s right hand, which neighbors said was a master key – a universal key that can access many mailboxes in many neighborhoods.
“He was doing his job, you know, trying to support his family, and working for what he has and what he wants, like we all have done around here,”
“After he kind of calmed down and got himself together, he’s like, ‘Well, I’m going to continue working – there’s no need to go home.’ They brought him another truck, he got in the other truck, and he finished his route for that day. Amazing guy.”Shellee Spiller, Local Neihbor
The armed robbery of a postal worker is a federal offense that carries with it a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. The USPIS is the investigatory arm of the postal service that is responsible for all investigations surrounding matters of the USPS.
“Protecting the Postal Service is the core mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Robbery investigations receive the highest level of response and attention. Postal Inspectors are working with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to identify and arrest the individual(s) involved,”USPIS Statement
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