Reward Offered to Find Suspect in Encino Post Office Robbery

ENCINO (CNS) — A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a gunman who robbed a post office in Encino.

The robbery, recorded on surveillance video, occurred about 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 8 at the U.S. Post Office at 4930 Balboa Ave., according to U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokeswoman Stacia Crane.

The suspect entered the premises, handed a clerk a green bag and demanded that cash be placed inside, Crane said.

When the clerk hesitated, the suspect displayed a handgun in his waistband and said he was willing to use it, Crane said.

He fled after being given an undisclosed sum, she said, adding that robbing a post office could bring a 10-year prison sentence.

The possible sentence jumps to 25 years when a gun is used, Crane said.

The suspect is described as white, 5-feet 11-inches tall, with a medium build and a clean cut beard. He wore a gray hat, black jacket, blue jeans, and sunglasses.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

 Anyone with information about him or the crime is urged to contact postal inspectors by calling (877) 876-2455, pressing number 2 and referring to case number 2577864. Callers can remain anonymous.