Post Office robbed at gunpoint

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 10, 2007

MARGARETTSVILLE – A suspect is still at large after an armed robbery at the post office here, according to the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office.

Northampton County Sheriff’s Captain and Lead Investigator Daryl Harmon said the call was place on Tuesday at 4:28 p.m. from the Margarettsville Post Office located at 2717 Tower Road reporting the incident.

Harmon said a postmaster working in an office observed an individual wearing a black or dark blue hooded sweater, a blue or black bandana across their face; gray sweat pants and white shoes enter the building.

Pointing a hand gun, the suspect directed the employee to give him the money from her drawer.

After taking an undisclosed amount, the subject then told her to open the safe.

Harmon said the victim could not do this because she did not have the key, which prompted the suspect to direct her to lay on the floor.

“He then exited the building on foot,” Harmon said.

He added it was possible the suspect got into a vehicle as a full sized, gray colored car was observed driving slowly out of the area one to two minutes after the robbery.

Harmon said a K-9 unit from Tillery Correctional was brought in to trace the suspect.

That search resulted in the discovery of a black hooded sweater and black bandana on Tower Road approximately one fourth of a mile west of where the post office is located.

Harmon said those items could have been thrown from the vehicle the suspect was in.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s; around six feet, one inch tall with a medium build and weighs approximately 190 pounds.

Harmon said robbing a post office is a federal offense and United State Postal Inspectors are now heading the investigation.

He encouraged anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 534-2611 or the Northampton County Crime Stoppers at 534-1110. Harmon said callers will remain anonymous.