CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago USPS mail carriers are being targeted increasingly often by armed robbers who want to take their master keys. Union leaders say it’s become a near daily occurrence at this point.
One mail carrier, who asked to remain anonymous for her safety, shared her own terrifying experience being robbed at gunpoint over the weekend.
The carrier said the robbery happened while she was delivering mail in Humboldt Park on Saturday afternoon.
“Two guys jumped out of the vehicle and said ‘give me those keys,'” she said.
The two men pointed a gun at her and demanded her master keys. Master keys give access to all cluster mailboxes and blue boxes within a certain zip code.
She immediately handed the keys over and the men didn’t hurt her. But the near death experience was all too real.
“It’s like our lives are being threatened to go and be safe to deliver the mail,” she said.