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Search goes on for post office thieves

August 10, 2000

Police are still looking for two men who robbed the Clearview City Post Office on July 26.

Investigators have received few leads and still have no suspects in the armed robbery according to John Salanitro, public information officer for the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service in Kansas City, Mo.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff's Department, two men, one black and one white, entered the post office at approximately 7 a.m. that Wednesday. The white male was armed with a sawed-off shotgun and the black male carried a straight bar.

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

One employee was on duty at the time and gave the men an undisclosed amount of cash and some stamps, investigators said.

Salanitro said all postal employees are trained not to resist in robbery-type situations.

When the two men left the post office, they were seen driving west in a small maroon truck with a camper shell and tinted windows. Police previously told the DeSoto Explorer that the number "18" was painted in gray primer on the passenger's side door. Postal inspectors have since said that information is incorrect. According to the inspector's office, the passenger side door had an approximate 18-inch gray patch, apparently covering an emblem or logo.

The Postal Inspection Service has offered up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the robbers.

Salanitro said his office has received a few calls since the reward was offered.

"We've had a few tips and pieces of information and we're following up on those, but we don't have any suspects at this point," he said. "Right now we're just trying to follow up on everything and get the information out to an even broader area."

If caught, the suspects could face fines and up to five years in prison, Salanitro said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call postal inspector D.E. Nitz at (816) 502-0400, or the sheriff's department at (913) 791-5405.

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