The United States Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect who allegedly robbed a letter carrier in Venice last month.
The incident occurred at about 12:15 p.m. Sept. 22 at the southeast corner of Rennie Avenue and Rose Court in Venice, where the unarmed male suspect approached and allegedly robbed the mail carrier, said Tracy Putnam, a spokesperson with the Postal Inspection Service, the primary law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service. The suspect allegedly took keys to a postal vehicle and the annex facility that were on the carrier’s belt, he said. Locks at the facility have since been changed.
Following the robbery, the suspect fled eastbound on Rose Court with three other Hispanic men in their early 20s.
The Postal Inspection Service has released a sketch of the suspect and is encouraging anyone with information to come forward.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, 18 to 23 years old, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10, weighing approximately 170 pounds, with a medium/muscular build, dark hair and dark eyes.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (877) 876-2455.