Video: 2 sought in postal carrier robberies in Coral Springs, Tamarac FL


A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two men wanted in two postal carrier robberies last week.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service said the men are being sought in connection with two armed robberies about 20 minutes apart in Coral Springs and Tamarac.

Inspectors released sketches of the men Friday.

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Video: Tucson to see new mailboxes that thwart thieves

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Certain neighborhoods in Tucson could see new community mailboxes with better security features in coming weeks.

A recent rash of mail thefts in Tucson has prompted the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office to take on a stronger enforcement and preventive measures in thwarting mail theft.

Two arrests were made last week in mail theft cases in the east side, according to Tucson-area U.S. Postal Inspector David Birch.

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Pennsylvania rural carrier pleads guilty to theft and destruction of mail

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtThe United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Stacie Ann Stevens, age 41, of Hanover, Pennsylvania was charged with destruction of mail in a criminal information filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg and pled guilty before Senior United States District Court Judge William C. Caldwell on March 19, 2015.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, between July and October, 2014, Stevens, a postal carrier, began opening greeting cards and other mail and stealing the cash and gift cards contained inside. The theft was discovered after residents complained about missing or torn mail. In October 2014, Stevens was caught on surveillance video using one of the stolen gift cards at a local store. Stevens faces one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

Stevens has resigned from the Postal Service. The Government has filed a plea agreement with the defendant which is subject to approval of the court. As part of the agreement, Stevens agreed to pay restitution to the victims.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and the Carroll Valley Borough Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Calls on Congress to Prevent Sale of Historic US Postal Buildings

Barbaralee_newheadshot_1200Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced legislation to halt the sale and consolidation of historic US Postal Service facilities. The Moratorium on US Historic Postal Buildings Act would prevent USPS from selling any facility until all buildings listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places are removed from the auction block.

“These historic post offices are an irreplaceable part of our nation’s history. They belong to the American people,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “Historic post office buildings are an integral part of our cultural heritage and should not be used as a bargaining chip to resolve the Postal Service’s financial woes.”

“In my district, the Berkeley post office is cherished by the East Bay community,” Congresswoman Lee added. “I’m calling on Congress to stop these callous attempts to auction off our heritage. My bill would ensure that historic post offices across the country, including the Berkeley Post office, remain as a cornerstone of our community.”

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Man Convicted in 2013 Holiday Shooting of Boston Letter Carrier

ktaylor_0Update June 20, 2015: The Boston Globe reports that Keyon Taylor has been sentenced to 29½ years for his crime:

A Dorchester man was sentenced on Friday to 29½ years in prison in connection with the December 2013 robbing, beating, and shooting of a US Postal Service carrier who was delivering packages for the holidays, officials said.

Keyon Taylor, 22 , was sentenced by US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper after he was convicted in March by a federal jury on assault, robbery, kidnapping, and firearms charges, according to a statement from the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz .

Another man connected to the case, Maurice Williams Miner-Gittens , 24, also of Dorchester, previously pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and conspiracy and possession of a firearm, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in May, the statement said.

BOSTON – Following a two-week trial, a federal jury convicted a Dorchester man yesterday in connection with the shooting, robbing, and kidnapping of a U.S. Postal letter carrier days before Christmas in 2013.

Keyon Taylor, 22, was found guilty of assault on a federal employee, robbery of a U.S. Postal worker, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, and use of a firearm in a crime of violence. Taylor and a co-defendant Maurice Williams Miner-Gittens, 24, also of Dorchester, were charged in January 2014. Gittens pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy, and possession of a firearm in February 2015.

On Dec. 20, 2013, Taylor and Gittens rented a U-Haul van and followed a U.S. Postal delivery truck as a letter carrier was delivering holiday packages. When the letter carrier returned to his truck after making a delivery, Taylor confronted him with a gun pointed inches away from his head and demanded his wallet. While handing Taylor his wallet, the victim tried to move the gun away from his temple and was shot. The bullet entered his wrist, shattering a bone, and lodging in his forearm. Continue reading

Video: Detroit postal worker is attacked while trying to break up a fight

A postal worker is in critical condition after trying to do the right thing. He was trying to break up a fight between a bunch of kids when he was attacked.

"He’s nice, he’s caring, he’s sweetheart, he do anything for anybody," said Kanishia Hollins, victim’s granddaughter.

It was supposed to be a lucky day. Darrell Jenkins had a winning lottery ticket in his hand and his family says he was going to cash it at this corner store on Gunston, but they say what happened next would change the postal worker’s life and not for the better.

"He was trying to break up a kid fight elementary, two boys was fighting and I guess one of the people from they side of the family hit him with something," said Hollins.

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Former stamp committee member says Manabe didn’t really understand stamps

From Postcom: Cary Brick, a former member of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (and long time aide to former Congressman John McHugh) has suggested that Nagisa Manabe, the USPS Chief Marketing Officer who is rumored to be stepping down soon, never really understood stamps:

batman-03As perhaps the most vocal of her outside L’Enfant Plaza critics, I wish my friend Ms. Manabe well as she moves on to the next step in her marketing career. While I know her intentions were sincere her job performance demonstrated a lack of understanding and appreciation of the historical place postage stamps hold in the American experience. She never really understood that role. Her background in the hardcore competitive marketing of soap, soft drinks, soups, baby lotions, bandages, mouthwash and mayo did not serve USPS’s stamp program well; stamps are not kitchen cupboard or bathroom medicine cabinet products.

Brick also suggests that Manabe could have avoided all the “turbulence she brought to the office” if she’d left L’Enfant Plaza for a day to visit post offices and talk to the window clerks.

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USPS expands grocery delivery test

USPS is expanding its grocery delivery service in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, part of the organization’s efforts to explore new ways to meet customers’ changing needs.

The test aims to build on the success of a two-month operational test that concluded last fall in San Francisco. Customers could order groceries and other products through Amazon Fresh and have them delivered by the Postal Service early the following morning.

In Los Angeles and San Diego, USPS is delivering Amazon Fresh orders throughout the day. The new test began in early March.

To make the deliveries, the Postal Service is using dynamic routing, a technique that sequences a changing series of delivery points in a logical and efficient order.

USPS is testing several other products and services, including a Sunday package delivery program that began in 2013.

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Video: Oklahoma letter carrier accused of stealing mail from elderly residents

GUTHRIE, Okla. – An Oklahoma postal carrier is accused of stealing from residents along his rural Logan County route.

The victims say while they can’t prove it, they think thefts have been happening on and off again for about a year.

Glenn Spunaugle is the one who reported the crime.

“Some people were telling us they sent mail and we didn’t get it,” said Spunaugle.

He reported it once and it seemed to stop.

But months later, he says it started happening again. He went back to the post office to make another report.

The inspector general came out immediately.

“He said, ‘I’ll set a trap.’ So, he got our residents’ names and mailed three birthday cards that day, fake ones, with cash in them,” Spunaugle said.

When the mail finally arrived, the cards were missing.

“As soon as he delivered the mail, they went after him,” he said.

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Video: Letter Carrier Robbed In Valdosta, Georgia

Valdosta, GA – Authorities in Valdosta are investigating a robbery in the middle of town in broad daylight.

The victim was a U.S. Postal Worker.

Eyewitness News found out about the robbery after Valdosta State issued a campus safety alert saying someone had been robbed at the corner of Slater and Moore Streets.

Valdosta Police tell us a postal worker was delivering mail in that area when two black men approached him asking for a package under a certain name.

The mailman asked them their names, but they didn’t match up, so he told the men they couldn’t have the package.

That’s when we’re told the men snatched the package out of the truck and took off in a dark BMW.

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