Woodland Post Office robbed

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2004

WOODLAND – According to a variety of reports out of the town of Woodland Wednesday afternoon, two black males are being sought following an armed robbery of the Post Office on Main Street.

According to Woodland Police Chief Don Ryan, law enforcement officials are looking for two black males.

One of the

males was said to be wearing a blue down jacket with possibly a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath. Both men are said to be between 5-foot, 10 inches to six-foot in height; in their early 20s.

One male is believed to be dark skinned and the other light skinned.

An unknown caliber handgun is believed to have been kept in the wasteband of one of the subject’s pants.

The subjects are believed to have left the scene on foot and were last seen behind the post office.

Ryan said dogs were brought in, but were not able to track any further than the post office parking lot.

A vehicle is suspected to have been used, but there had been no confirmation as of press time today.

Money orders and possibly a money order machine have been reported stolen from the facility.

This marks the second time in just over two months that this Post Office has been the target of an armed robbery.

The first occurred in early December as two masked men approached a driver picking up mail at the rear of the building and stole several mail bags and the victim’s wallet.The suspects were believed to be carrying a .22 caliber handgun.

The two were seen running west on Main Street and dogs later tracked their scent through the Woodland Baptist Church property to a parking lot.

Even though there are many similarities between the two incidents, Ryan is not indicating any connection.

The police chief did say that only one person was inside the post office at the time of the robbery and no one was injured.

A telephone was said to have been taken from the Post Office and deposited in the rear parking lot where the scent was lost.

The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald will continue to gather information on the robbery and plans a follow-up in Saturday’s edition.