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Area residents shocked by post office robbery

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Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- Police continue to look for the man who fondled a post office employee, and then robbed her of $9,000 in stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service is offering a reward for information leading to his arrest.

Eyewitness News spoke to several who stopped by the post office Sunday to check their mailboxes.

Many knew the women who work there and couldn't believe what happened Saturday.

The sign on the door simply says closed. Just a day after the East Lake post office was robbed, even the front of the building is locked.

"That's ridiculous, that's sick and that's sad," says David White.

People trying to check their mailboxes drive in and out of the parking lot all day.

But it's not just the robbery itself that has people talking.

According to Chattanooga Police, the suspect forced two female employees to take off their shirts and fondled one before fleeing.

"You know, we know some of the people that work there," says Filip Brunner.

Filip and Kim Brunner live within walking distance of the post office. Like their neighbors, they visit it often.

"It does scare me that there's somebody out there and I hope they do find him," says Kim Brunner.

Kim Brunner says it was just days ago she bought stamps there.

According to police, it was just before 9:30am Saturday when the suspect entered the building, saw one of the women, and forced his way into the back work area.

That's where he found the second employee. He told them he had a gun and demanded money. Then after forcing them to take off their shirts, he got away with $500 in cash and over $9,000 in stamps.

"We have been robbed one time," says Filip.

The couple has lived here for 15 years and says their house has been broken into before. They've also had property stolen off their lawn.

"There's obviously, there's crime in the neighborhood," says Filip.

Still, what happened just down the road is shocking.

As a mom, Kim Brunner says she hopes police find the suspect soon. As a woman she says what he did to the two employees is appalling.

"It makes me mad that somebody would do that," says Kim.

The FBI and United States Postal Service are conducting the investigation.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5'8 and around 150 pounds.

He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, toboggan and dark pants. He could be armed with a silver-colored pistol.

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