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Police: Armed man takes mail from postal carrier

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 04:20 AM

An armed man asked for "checks" from a postal carrier this morning before fleeing with some of the carrier's mail in Tampa, police said.

The U.S. Postal Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

About 11:05 a.m., the postal carrier was in his truck sorting mail near 1101 River Cove St. E., in Tampa, when he felt a gun at his side, according to Tampa police.

"Don't move," the man told him. The victim then looked at the man, and was told, "Don't look."

The man told the postal carrier to turn on the truck and drive. The man got on the foot ledge of the truck, and guided the victim to the area of Kodiak Springs and 19th Street, police said.

"Where are the checks?" the man asked.

The victim told him that the checks might be in a tray of mail. The victim was ordered to the back of the truck, where the man grabbed a tray of mail, dumped into his backpack and then he fled the scene, police said.

Another man was waiting for the robber, and together they fled west on Bird Street, police said.

The first man is described as black, 17 to 27 years of age, about 6 foot 1, and 190 pounds. He was wearing a white tank top or T-shirt, jeans, and a dark baseball cap worn backward, and was carrying a black backpack. He was armed with a black revolver.

The second is also black, about 5 foot 10, and weighing 230 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, and had low cut hair.

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