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      Postal Service employee robbed, locked in truck

      The robbery occurred near the T Street postal station in Northwest. (Photo: WJLA)

      A Postal Service employee was robbed and locked in his postal truck in Northwest D.C. Thursday, and inspectors say that this is just the latest in a string of robberies targeting them over the past few months.

      The latest incident happened Thursday evening, when a postal worker was robbed of postal funds at about 6:30 p.m. at 14th and T streets Northwest at the T Street postal station.

      "He was very brazen to walk up to our postal employee," U.S. Postal Inspector Lori McAllister said.

      Police say that the postal worker was on his daily rounds, picking up packages, when an armed, masked man demanded cash, money orders and everything else the man had.

      He then locked the worker inside the truck and got away. About 25 minutes later, after contacting authorities on his cell phone, the worker was freed.

      Zach Callahan, a UPS driver who has been working in the area for more than a decade, called the incident scary.

      "I wouldn't have ever thought about something like that happening," Callahan said.

      The Postal Service asks anyone with information to contact the postal inspector tip line at (202) 636-1479.

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