Mail Thief Hits Post Office Truck - Tucson News Now

Mail Thief Hits Post Office Truck

Mark Stine KOLD News 13 Reporter

Working as a dentist in Midtown for years, Randall Stark, isn't shocked someone tried to steal mail from a postal carriers truck out in front of his office.

"Doesn't seem like most of these people care about the consequences, maybe jail's better than living on the street, I don't know," Stark said.

"Not only are we looking out for the safety of the mail, but most importantly the safety of our carriers," Postal Inspector Jason Young told KOLD.

And because of the brazen nature of the crime, U.S. Postal Inspectors are searching for the suspect.

Young explained, "She came out to her vehicle, put the mail down on the tray and was in the back sorting mail."

Postal inspector Jim Harper describes what happened next. "He just reached in, grabbed the mail, grabbed her sachel and came out. At this point she realized someone was in her vehicle."

We're told the mail carrier got out of the back of the truck and yelled at the suspect running away. The suspect got scared, threw down the mail and kept running.

"You can see right now all the traffic going behind me. There's a lot of opportunity for people to see him. So, maybe he ducked into one of these businesses, perhaps one of the convenient stores," Harper told KOLD.

The postal inspectors want to get the suspect off the streets and hopefully prevent another similar incident. "They're out here everyday working delivering everyones mail and we want to make sure they can do that in a safe fashion," Young said.

And Randall Stark is hoping this crime doesn't start a trend. "I certainly am, because you send important stuff in the mail and you receive important things too."

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20's. He had short dirty blonde hair. He was wearing a light blue shirt and grey slacks.

If you have any information on the suspect or the crime, you are urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME. You could be eligible for an award up to $10,000 through the U.S. Post Office.

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