Reward offered in P.O. robbery

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 15, 2007

MARGARETTSVILLE – A $50,000 reward is being offered in the armed robbery of the post office here.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has issued a reward poster announcing the monetary incentive, the facts of the incident and photos of clothing the suspect possibly wore during the robbery that occurred on October 9.

“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service will pay a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for the robbery,” the poster reads.

According to the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, the crime occurred around 4:28 p.m. at the Margarettsville Post Office located at 2717 Tower Road.

Chief Detective Captain Daryl Harmon said the suspect entered the building, pointed a hand gun at the postmaster and directed her to give him money from a 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.

According to Harmon and the reward poster, the suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, approximately 6’0 to 6’1 tall and weighs 185 to 190 pounds.

At the time of the robbery, the suspect wore grey sweatpants, a dark colored hooded sweat shirt, white shoes and a dark colored bandana over his face.

Pictured on the reward poster is a black Adidas hooded sweatshirt with the brand’s signature white stripes on the arms. Also included is a black bandana with a white pattern.These items were recovered by law enforcement officers on Tower Road approximately one fourth of a mile west of the post office after the robbery.

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

The poster directs those who recognize the clothing or have knowledge of the robbery to call the US Postal Inspection Service at (919) 501-9311 or the Northampton Crime Stoppers Hotline (252) 534-1110.

All information will be confidential.