Caught on Camera: Postal Worker Robbed at Gunpoint in Lauderhill

Postal inspectors are now asking offering a reward for postal keys that are returned.

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    Postal inspectors said a mail carrier was robbed at a Lauderhill apartment building Monday. NBC 6's Willard Shepard reports. (Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014)

    Postal inspectors said a mail carrier was robbed at gunpoint at a Lauderhill apartment building Monday.

    Surveillance video shows the female United State Postal Service worker walking into a corridor where the mailboxes are located at the Continental Apartments building located at 1761 Northwest 46th Avenue. A man wearing a red shirt and white shorts can then be seen walking behind the woman, slipping on a black hoodie and pulling out a weapon.

    Inspectors said the master key to the apartment building's mailboxes was also taken.

    "We suspect they are out there looking for the key because they are looking for anything of value in the mail such as cash, gift cards, anything they can actually sell," postal inspector Blanca Alvarez said. "Just like when they break into vehicles they are looking for anything of value."

    Now, many residents said they are worried their checks and important papers may fall into the wrong hands.

    "I get my checks through the mail and I am very concerned about that," resident Ivan Jarrett said.

    Inspectors said they are looking for a white male in his mid-20s that is about 5'10" with a medium build and short hair who fled on foot. Taking a postal worker's master key is a federal offense and inspectors are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone that turns in a postal key.

    "The reward is being offered for any postal key, whether its a carrier's key to open mail boxes or a vehicle key or any type of postal key," Alvarez said.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact 954-436-7200.