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Postal Worker Robbed Of Mailbox Key In North Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - For a second time this year, a South Florida mail carrier has been robbed of their mail key in a North Miami neighborhood.

On Tuesday, around 12:45 p.m. an armed man stole a master mailbox key from a carrier at 1560 NW 119th Street.

The Postal Service said the carrier, who was checked out by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, was not hurt and the man who stole the key took off on foot after the robbery.

"It's just sad," said Shawntrell Hudson, a resident of the neighborhood. "This is a residential area. I can imagine what the postal lady felt."

In July, a female postal carrier was robbed of her key by two men in the 1000 block of NE 127th Street.

"One of them kinda had her in a choke hold while the other one came around and stripped her of her keys," said postal service spokesman Ivan Ramirez at the time.

Steve Lucsky said he rushed over when he heard the commotion. He saw two young men, likely in their late teens or early twenties, running away.

The letter carrier was shaken up, but not hurt.

"She's ok," said Ramirez. "She is obviously a little shaken up but she is ok. But as you can imagine, she was actually putting mail into the mailbox when this occurred."

Postal inspectors say this is the fourth time this year that a postal worker has been robbed.  They believe that the motive in each case is identity theft and fraud.

Anyone with information on the robberies is urged to call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.


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