SILVERDALE - Three masked robbers subdued a U.S. Postal Service contractor on the loading dock of the Silverdale Post Office Friday evening and escaped with bags of money.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbers.
A 60-year-old contract truck driver told sheriff’s deputies that he had pulled up to the loading dock of the post office on Silver-dale Way shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to reports from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
As the truck driver walked back to his truck from the building, two men tackled him, held him down and bound his hands with plastic “zip ties,” officials said. One man continued to hold him down while two others went into the truck and removed locked bags.
The driver was not able to see much, because he was threatened with being shot if he looked up, though he never saw a gun.
The victim said he heard a zipper bag, such as a duffel bag, being opened and bags placed inside. All three men then ran away.
According to a sheriff’s report, the bags contained sales receipts from six post offices in Kitsap County. The amount of money was not immediately known.
How the driver got free was not mentioned in the report. He described the men as wearing dark clothing with full ski masks that were either black or dark blue. All three were described as being between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall. A tracking dog followed their scent for a short distance, which is an indication that they got into a car, according to Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
Following a preliminary investigation, the case was turned over to federal investigators, Wilson said.
Postal Inspector-in-Charge Brad Kleinknecht announced Saturday that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the robbery. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Seattle Office of the Postal Inspection Service, 877-876-2455, or Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, 360-337-7111.