Armed crook robs mail carrier of key
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are searching for an armed, masked thief who targeted a South Florida postal worker Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday, investigators spent the day going door-to-door looking for clues to the crime and handing out flyers. They have also announced a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the crook.
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies first mounted a massive search on the ground and in the air Monday for the person who robbed mail carrier Gerard Glenn at gunpoint near 901 NE 12th Ave., shortly after 3 p.m.
According to police, the robber, who was wearing a mask from the movie "Scream," came out of an alley holding a handgun. The subject pushed Glenn to the ground and asked him to turn over the keys to his truck.
Nearby resident Mike Colletta witnessed the incident. "As I pull up the bedroom blind, I see the mailman take a hard fall," he said.
Colletta said he then saw Glenn give a set of keys to the robber, who then ran off. "Then I saw a thin guy with a white mask, you know, from one of those scary movies, maybe like a gray hoodie. He was running up 12th Avenue, north on 12th Avenue," he said.
The mail carrier received some scrapes to his knees but was otherwise OK. The suspect's mask was later recovered near a garbage can a few blocks away.
A perimeter was set up and deputies used a K-9 police dog to search the area. However, the subject got away.
Postal inspector Ivan Ramirez said the robber was after a master set of keys. "We suspect, as we've known in the past, they're after the master key, the key that the carriers always carry, obviously, to collect mail," he said. "Perhaps it was more than likely what he was after."
The mail carrier's wife arrived on the scene when she was notified about the robbery. "He said something about a robbery," the wife said. "I'm really not sure. I can't really talk right now. I need to speak with my husband."
Glenn has worked his current Pompano Beach route for eight years, and his co-workers and customers said he's the nicest person you could meet. "Gerard is awesome and he really didn't deserve this," said mail carrier Nichelle Dupree. "None of us deserve this, don't get me wrong, but Gerard is so nice."
A neighbor called the mail carrier a very nice man. "He was always very nice," a neighbor said. "We moved from over there to here, and without even giving him an address change, he knew us, so he brought our mail here instead."
Nearby resident Lori Shoreman called Glenn "a sweetheart." "Always waves, always says hi to everybody, you know, everybody out and about," she said.
Glenn's wife later told 7News reporters her husband is resting comfortably. "Fine, there's no problem," she said.
The US Postal Service says that robbing a mail carrier is a federal crime and authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest of this crook.
If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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