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Search continues for two men who robbed post office

August 3, 2000

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men who robbed the Clearview City Post Office last Wednesday.

The robbery occurred at approximately 7 a.m., said John Salanitro, public information officer for the inspection service's Kansas City, Mo., field office.

The suspects are a white male and one black male.

Johnson County Sheriff's department captain Larry Jones said the white male was armed with a single-barreled sawed-off shotgun. The black male carried a straight bar.

Deputies of the sheriff's department were dispatched at 6:58 a.m. Jones said no injuries or gunshots were reported.

"I understand there was cash and change stolen with some stamps," he said.

One postal employee was working at the time. Salanitro said the employee met the suspects' requests.

"The postal employee complied, which is what we train all postal employees to do," he said. "She supplied excellent information."

The two men were seen driving westbound in a small maroon truck with a camper shell and tinted windows. The number "18" was painted in gray primer on the truck's passenger door.

Both males were said to have been in their 20s. Each wore black crew neck tee shirts, blue jeans and black gloves.

Salanitro said the similarity in clothing is being investigated.

"One of the things we thought is that they possibly worked somewhere together," he said.

Salanitro also said the recent robbery of a DeSoto family could be related to this crime.

"I know that our inspectors are looking at all similar types of robberies," he said. "I can't say what the information on that robbery is, but if there are similarities they (the two investigations) will work together."

Salanitro said the suspects could serve up to five years in prison if convicted. They could also be fined.

More than 38,000 U.S. Post Offices exist nationwide. Salanitro said post offices are not commonly robbed.

"With that kind of exposure the amount of robberies is very small," he said.

The only robbery Salanitros office has dealt with in the past two years was in Missouri.

Jones also said post office robberies are very rare. He said only two have occurred in Johnson County in the past 20 years.

The Postal Inspection Service is the lead-investigating agency, Salanitro said. It is working in conjunction with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

Information concerning the crime can be directed to postal inspector D.E. Nitz at (816) 502-0400, or the sheriff's department can be contacted at (913) 791-5405.

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