EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) — The FOX 8 I-Team has uncovered a case of a robbed mail carrier at gunpoint tied to a growing investigation involving thieves stealing your mail.
Saturday night, just after dark, a gunman robbed a postman on East 196and Euclid Street.
We learned that he only stole keys including one to enter these blue mail collection boxes.
Denise Williams told us the postman ran to her house for help after being robbed.
Williams said: “She was ringing the bell. I’m like who rings the bell like that? My husband opened the door and she was like, “I just got robbed”.
Williams added: “So shaken up, she couldn’t even describe the guy. She was like, ‘I was just trying to make it out alive.’
A postal service supervisor dialed 911.
The supervisor told a dispatcher, “Oh my God, he said she was moving too slow, she better hurry before he shoots her.”
A dispatcher asked, “OK, what did he take?”
The supervisor replied, “The key that can open the collection boxes.”
This is the kind of heist that investigators have seen before.
Last month, the I-Team revealed that scammers were breaking into mail collection boxes, taking off with mail, forging checks and stealing lots of money from your bank accounts.
We first heard about it in Richmond Hts., Rocky River and Parma.
Since then, other victims from all over northeast Ohio have contacted the I TEAM saying that the checks they wrote had been stolen, altered and cashed. Some of their bank accounts have been cleaned out.
On Monday Matt Ciavarelli said: ‘I realized this when I got an email from my bank. And, they emailed me saying my checking account was at zero.
Not yet clear if what happened at Euclid is related to all the other mailbox break-ins and carrier heists.
Euclid Police have detectives investigating.
Postal inspectors say some police departments have nabbed suspects, although we’ve seen in most cases they haven’t.
In a statement, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service also said, “With respect to the recent blue box thefts in Northern Ohio, the Inspection Service is extremely confident in the direction of l investigation and appreciates the great cooperation and partnership with our local law enforcement partners. To provide an update on this matter, several local arrests have been made recently and the federal investigation is still ongoing. times, as this is another ongoing investigation, we cannot provide further details in order to preserve the integrity of this case.
As always, the United States Postal Inspection Service is asking the communities in which our Postal Service HEROES serve every day to help support and protect them by reporting suspicious activity against them to the Postal Inspection Service. from the United States by calling 877-876-2455. This number may also be used to report any information related to the incidents referenced above.
Late last year, a thief also stole keys from a mail carrier in Cleveland.
Denise Williams is happy to be home and able to help the victim with the latest case.
Regarding delivery after dark, the Postal Service states that “the goal is to finalize daytime mail delivery.”
However, various factors can affect delivery times.
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