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USPS transitioning to electric keys to prevent future thefts

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has announced a $150,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a recent robbery involving a postal carrier in Rochester. The incident occurred in broad daylight on January 9th in front of the Brambury Ridge Apartment Complex off Carter Street. The suspect, who is believed to have targeted the postal carrier, escaped in an SUV along Route 104.


This case is part of a worrying trend of increasing assaults and robberies against postal carriers in the area. In another recent incident on Lyell Avenue, a carrier was assaulted while on lunch break. In a separate case, a carrier was beaten with sticks after being robbed. Thieves often target postal keys, which grant access to blue boxes, apartment buildings, and businesses, in addition to packages and mail.

To enhance safety, the Postal Service is transitioning to electronic keys that can be instantly deactivated if stolen. Meanwhile, postal carriers are advised to remain vigilant and prioritize safety. Several arrests have been made in related cases in Monroe County, with some still pending and others resulting in federal prison sentences. Anyone with information about the Brambury Ridge incident is urged to contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.



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