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Watch your mail!: Robber steals postman’s ‘master key’

Mail fraud: A lout mugged a mailman at gunpoint on Ridge Boulevard and swiped the master key to the mailboxes on his route.
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A miscreant stole a “master key” to Bay Ridge mailboxes from a postal carrier on Monday.

The off-duty postal worker was in the lobby of his apartment building on Ridge Boulevard near 93rd Street at 1:50 pm when the suspect walked toward him with his hand in his jacket pocket and claimed he had a gun, according to a police spokesman. The thief demanded the courier spell out his mail route — which police say he did — and then the thief took the key and fled on foot, according to officials.

The key opens most mailboxes on the carrier’s route, which covers the area near Ft. Hamilton, according to postal spokeswoman Donna Harris.

Cops and federal agents swarmed the area shortly after the crime and scrambled to canvas for relevant security camera footage.

The postal worker was not injured, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Anyone worried that they have been a victim of mail theft can contact the postal inspection service at (877) 876–2455, and anyone who sees suspicious activity near a mailbox can call the postal service’s 24-hour emergency hotline at (212) 330–2400 and should call 911 immediately, Harris said.

—with Georgine Benvenuto

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 11:25 am, February 14, 2017
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