Lawmakers blast Postal Service’s ‘inadequate response’ to rise in robberies of letter carriers

USPS must “restore confidence” in its leadership after failing to address a rise in armed robberies of letter carriers, up from 80 robberies four years ago to more than 260 last year, according to a letter sent Thursday by Chicago area lawmakers.

In a letter sent Thursday to USPS’ Board of Governors, the lawmakers blasted USPS’ “inadequate response” to address the rise in robberies of letter carriers —up from 80 robberies in 2018 to more than 260 robberies last year.

The letter was signed by Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, and U.S. reps. Mike Quigley, Sean Casten and Jan Schakowsky.

Letter carriers are often robbed of their master keys, which are used to burglarize mailboxes for checks. The Sun-Times reported last week that criminals “wash” the checks of their ink and rewrite them for themselves, leaving victims with empty checking accounts while they wait months for their banks to process the theft.


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