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Details on mail heist, getaway car provided by Tampa police

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 03:39 AM
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Police are looking for the suspects' vehicle used Tuesday afternoon in the theft of mail from a U.S. Postal Service truck in Seminole Heights.

Two men stole two bins of mail and fled in a 2006 or later four-door Chevrolet Impala that was in good condition, police said.

Also, a witness described a passenger in the Impala as a black male, in his early 40s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build, unshaven appearance with touches of gray in the growth, police said. He was wearing a long, white tank top, blue jeans and a black baseball cap.

The truck was burglarized about 2 p.m. Tuesday while the mail carrier was making deliveries on foot, police said. The vehicle was parked at 1221 E. Clifton St..

One of the thieves confronted a witness and tried to intimidate her as she was calling 911, police said. The men went to the Impala about a block away and drove away.

An estimated 200 to 400 pieces of mail was taken, police said. Postal inspectors said they would notify residents who may have had incoming mail in the stolen containers.

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