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Recent armed robberies of mail carriers highlight widespread concerns with mail theft

October 4, 2022


Crimes against postal workers are continuing across greater Cincinnati.

During a one week span at the end of September, two mail carriers were the victims of armed robbery in Cincinnati neighborhoods. Thieves continue to target mail carriers, searching for their arrow key – a universal key that opens all the blue boxes and cluster boxes in a given zip code.

So far this year, WLWT has reported on postal workers held up on the job in Norwood in January, College Hill in July and Covington in August.

In September, two mail carriers were robbed in Cincinnati, one on Halstead Street in Fairview and another in Hust Alley in Over-The-Rhine. There were also two mail carriers robbed in late September in Dayton.

“I just had a guy hold me up with a gun. He took my scanner and my keys from my mail truck,” the victim told 911 dispatchers following the robbery in Fairview. “I’m pretty sure he was looking for my arrow key.”

He reported a man forced him to the ground and told him to count to 30.

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