Suspect descriptions released in post office robbery

Police are developing some leads into yesterday’s armed robbery of the post office in Chestnut Hill. But as of Thursday afternoon the two suspects had not been caught.

Reginald Wade, a U.S. Postal Inspector, would not disclose specifics but said investigators now have a more detailed description of the two suspects.

The first suspect is described as a black male, between 6’3″ to 6’5″ tall of medium to dark brown complexion with a thin, athletic build. He was described as wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, dark grey pants and a navy blue turtleneck that covered his mouth. He had a goatee, a deep baritone voice and was carrying a handgun.

Suspect number two is described as a black male, between 5’8″ and 5’10” tall of medium to dark complexion, with a bald-head and stocky build. He was described as wearing a sleeveless blue puffy vest and a navy blue colored turtleneck that covered his mouth.

Police say the two suspects entered the post office at 8227 Germantown Ave. at around 2:15 p.m. The two demanded cash and reportedly fled with $600 in a white car.

Detectives from the Philadelphia Police Northwest Division took pictures and tried to recover fingerprints from the scene, yesterday afternoon, said Postal Inspector Wade.

“The clerk was pretty shaken up,” said Wade, “and that’s really disturbing to us. Our number one priority is protecting our employees and customers. When someone comes in that brazen in broad daylight… This [case] is our top priority. We’re putting all of our investigational tools behind it to capture the individuals.”

The post office was closed to the public yesterday afternoon for investigation but was open for business today.

In the past six years, there have been less than 100 post office robberies across the nation per year, according to Wade. If found guilty, suspects can face up to 25 years in federal prison.

Up to $50,000 is being offered as a reward for information that leads to the capture of the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Postal Inspection service at 1-877-876-2455 and select option 2.

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