Rural post office worker stymies robber, then returns to job

A man attempted to rob the Canada Post office in Rosedale, Alta., on Aug. 13, 2020.

A man who attempted to rob a Canada Post office in Rosedale, Alta., armed with a gun was derailed by a closed wicket, according to Drumheller RCMP who are seeking help from the public to locate the suspect.

A man entered the building around 9 a.m. on Aug. 13, as the post office was opening for the day, carrying what appeared to be a black, foot-long firearm, RCMP said in a press release on Wednesday.

When the suspect demanded the employee give him money, the employee quickly closed the wicket and fled to the back of the post office. The suspect fled on foot and the employee sheltered in place for a short while before returning to work.

Drumheller RCMP found out about the incident over three hours later through a social media post from someone who had spoken with the employee. RCMP considers this to be “unconventional means” of reporting crime to police.

Officers spoke with the employee and opened an investigation.

RCMP Cpl. Tammy Keibel said it is unknown why the employee didn’t call for help and resumed work after the incident.

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s with long, greasy blonde hair and a goatee, dressed in a plaid shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information can contact Drumheller RCMP at 403-403-823-2630 or local police, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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