Would-be robber leaves post office empty-handed

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

A would-be robber left a Clovis post office Wednesday frustrated and empty-handed in an apparent case of miscommunication.

According to a police report released Friday, a man approached a clerk at the post office on Gidding Street and handed her a bag, telling her to read the note inside.

The woman told police the note said, “This is a robbery, don’t (expletive) with me or I will get a gun.”

When she read the note, put it back in the bag and did nothing, the man asked her to read the note again. She read and put the note in the bag a second time and stood still behind the counter,

The suspect asked if she was going to do anything else, and she told him, “I did what the note said,” according to the report.

The man then pointed his fingers at her and said, “I see how you are,” and left the post office, the report said.

The clerk was able to give police a description of the suspect, a Caucasian male in his 30s or 40s around 5-feet 6-inches tall, medium build, a buzz haircut and a pockmarked face. He was wearing a white T-shirt and tan cargo pants, according to Lisa McBee, a postal inspector in Fort Worth, Texas.

McBee said her office is investigating the case with Clovis police.

Robbery or attempted robbery of a post office is a federal crime, she said. “He’ll still be prosecuted for attempted robbery, and it doesn’t make any difference (that he didn’t get anything),” she said.

McBee said the clerk was unsure of what the man was asking her to do.

“I don’t think she understood exactly what he wanted. There were no guns seen (and) the note just wasn’t clear,” she said. “I don’t know that she understood that it was a robbery.”

Postal employees are trained in dealing with robberies, McBee said, declining to comment on what that training entails.