Police identify suspect in brazen, daytime robbery of postal worker in Millburn

Detectives from the Millburn Police Department said they have identified a suspect accused of taking part in the brazen shakedown of a local mail carrier for his postal keys, which allow Postal Service employees to open mailboxes inside apartment buildings.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 24-year-old man from New City, New York, who investigators believe was one of two suspects seen roughing up the postal worker in front of a resident's Walnut Avenue home on May 13.

In surveillance footage that captured the robbery, the thieves are seen running out from between two large container units parked on the property next door and ambushing the mail carrier, who struggles with his attackers for a moment before falling pell-mell across the resident's lawn.

"My wife was upstairs, and I said, 'Elaine, they're attacking the postman; call the police,'" said Lenny Weiland, who saw the robbery play out on his front yard and recorded it with his home security cameras.

A mail carrier is jumped on May 13, 2023 in Millburn for his universal postal keys that access apartments.

During a brief struggle, the attackers removed the carrier's key chain from his belt and fled to a silver Mercedes-Benz that was waiting nearby on Mountainview Road, police said.

"I got my arrow key stolen from me," the postal worker said ― referring to a type of skeleton key used by mail carriers ― as he spoke to a 911 dispatcher immediately after the assault. "They're the keys that go to the apartments."

"I have a feeling they were walking around earlier," he told the dispatcher, as seen in Weiland's security footage.

Authorities have not yet apprehended the New York man, who has been charged with robbery and conspiracy, and they continue to investigate to identify his accomplice.

This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Millburn NJ postal worker robbery suspect identified by police