A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Columbus to robbing two U.S. Postal Service carriers in separate incidents last September in Greater Columbus.
Brandon J. Campbell, who has addresses in Reynoldsburg and Columbus, admitted he assaulted and robbed two postal carriers, according to court documents.
On Sept. 8, Campbell, wearing a balaclava mask and bearing a Glock-style handgun, stole a key used to access USPS mailboxes and receptacles and vehicle keys from a carrier who had been delivering mail at the Vistas at Rocky Fork apartment complex in Gahanna.
On Sept. 21, Campbell again used a handgun and mask to steal a special "arrow" key from a carrier who had been delivering mail near 4500 Hemingway Court in Columbus' Eastland area.
Investigators followed Campbell’s champagne-colored Saturn Aura and subsequently executed search warrants on an apartment Campbell fled into, as well as his vehicle, according to a news release by Kenneth L. Parker, U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio.
Law enforcement officers discovered four firearms in that apartment, in addition to the balaclava mask used in the earlier robbery. Forensic examination of Campbell’s iPhone showed the phone was in the location of both robberies during the timeframe of the robberies, court records state.
Campbell’s phone also showed pictures of himself holding a Glock-style firearm, records show.
Campbell could face up to 25 years in prison for aggravated robbery. Sentencing will be held at a later date.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Man pleads guilty to robbing two different postal carriers