2 postal workers robbed in Evanston several days in a row


CHICAGO (CBS) – Two U.S. postal carriers were robbed multiple times this week in Evanston, police say.

At approximately 4:05 p.m. Monday, Evanston police responded to the 1600 block of Monroe Street for a robbery call and spoke to the victim, a postal worker, who said he was robbed by two suspects.

The victim said he was approached by two masked individuals. One of the suspects physically controlled the victim while the second suspect held up a handgun and removed the carrier’s “arrow keys”, which allow access to secure vestibules and common areas of condominium and apartment buildings. The suspects fled on foot and the victim was not injured.

Then on Tuesday, Evanston police responded to another robbery by a postman around 11:55 a.m. in the 2400 block of Nathaniel Avenue. The victim in this case said he was robbed by a single suspect who had a handgun, took the postman’s arrow keys and punched him.

The carrier was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

With the holiday season approaching, losing those arrow keys will increase an already high risk of package theft.

Police suggest residents:

· Track your packages and use delivery alerts.

· Do not leave your mail and delivered packages unattended.

· Add delivery instructions to leave it at a specified location.

· Require a signature on delivery.

· Arrange delivery to a secure PO Box, UPS or FEDEX store.

· Work with your condo association or apartment management to increase the security of common areas where packages are delivered.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the Evanston Police Detective Office at 847-866-5040 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) and begin your message with EPDTIP.


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