CHICAGO (WLS) — A $50,000 reward has been supplied after 4 U.S. postal staff have been robbed within the final week.
Three of the incidents occurred on the town’s South Aspect. Probably the most current incidents occurred in broad daylight in Lincoln Park on the North Aspect.
Police stated the letter provider was on his route within the 2500-block of North Ashland Avenue on Wednesday when he was robbed at gunpoint by two males at round 11:30 a.m.
They obtained away in a darkish coloured Kia sedan with tinted home windows. Investigators launched surveillance photographs of the getaway automobile.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is providing a reward of as much as $50,000 to anybody who will help police arrest and convict the offenders.
“It is simply very unlucky,” Lincoln Park resident Nick Bledsoe stated. “I imply it is unhappy. It is scary. There’s quite a lot of households round right here. Lotta good individuals.”
Close by resident Alex Fraser stated mail and bundle crimes have gotten commonplace within the neighborhood.
“It by no means was once the case however we have had individuals go into our constructing, dressed as Amazon staff and steal a bunch of packages dressed as postal staff and steal some packages,” Fraser stated.
The top of the letter carriers union stated that they’re now working in worry.
“We need to ship our letter carriers house to their households each day and they need to not need to work in worry,” Elise Foster, president of the Nationwide Affiliation of Letter Carriers, Native Department 11, stated. “The letter carriers are on the market performing their jobs, after which they’re unexpectedly robbed at gunpoint. That is a really traumatic expertise for anyone.”
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin commented on violence in opposition to letter carriers Friday morning.
“Amazon has now discontinued truck deliveries in elements of the town of Chicago as a result of it is too harmful,” Durbin stated. “They depart the mail on the submit workplace and say, you attempt to ship what we usually ship by truck.”
“Amazon has pulled out and the postal staff are choosing up the slack,” Foster stated. “However Amazon pulled out for security issues, so these security issues at the moment are our security issues.”
One postal provider, who prefers to cover her identification, is aware of these security issues all to properly. She was robbed at gunpoint within the fall. Traumatized, she’s shocked this continues to occur.
“It is persevering with to occur each day and we want some kind of safety,” she stated. “That is the one means they’ll cease doing it. In any other case they’ll preserve doing it.”
Final Thursday police issued a group alert warning in regards to the two incidents on the South Aspect at 117th and Halsted streets and 117th and Stewart. Then Thursday, one other mail provider was robbed in that very same space close to 107th and LaSalle streets.
The U.S. Postal Service is asking the group to maintain a protecting eye on letter carriers. Terry Fuchow plans to just do that.
“I might say we should always all look out for one another,” Duchow stated. “You understand I feel it is good psychological well being and it is simply a great way for society to get alongside.”
The letter carriers union stated they’re working with the postal service to get safety for the letter carriers.
ABC7 additionally reached out to Amazon, the place a spokesperson stated they’re trying into particulars on whether or not any modifications have been made to their supply course of.
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