Postal Service offers up to $50K reward after employee is robbed in Salt Lake City

U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials say they are looking for the individual seen riding a dirt bike in connection with the robbery of a U.S. Postal Service employee in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials say they are looking for the individual seen riding a dirt bike in connection with the robbery of a U.S. Postal Service employee in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. (U.S. Postal Inspection Service)


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SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Postal Service inspectors are offering a reward of up to $50,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person who robbed a postal service employee Tuesday morning.

The incident happened outside of a post office at 30 W. 900 South in Salt Lake City at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to U.S. Postal Inspector Brook Robinson.

The individual, a male, got inside a Postal Service vehicle and started to take mail from it when a letter carrier noticed and walked after the individual. The person dropped the mail and reached inside the pocket of their hooded jacket and motioned as if they had a gun, Robinson said.

"He put his hands in his pockets and squared off with the letter carrier. The letter carrier put their hands up and (the individual) walks away," he said.

The individual left the scene with the mail. Robinson said the letter carrier was not physically injured but was shaken up by the ordeal. It's unclear if the individual had a gun; however, that threat is still a federal crime that can result in a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, he said.

The individual suspected in the case was seen fleeing the area on a green and white Kawasaki dirt bike, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which posted a photo of the individual on a flier Wednesday.

The agency says people should not attempt to apprehend the individual, but call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455 and reference case number 3967888.

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