Man snatches package from Valdosta Mail truck

Man snatches package from Valdosta Mail truck

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A postman was delivering mail in the 1600 block of Slater Street about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, when he was approached by two men who asked about a package they expected to be delivered on W.  Cranford St.

The postal worker said he told them that they could not pick up the package unless they had the proper identification. One of them showed identification, but it did not match the name of the person to whom the package was addressed.

The carrier would not give them the package and placed it back into the postal truck. One of the men grabbed the box from the back of the postal truck and jumped into a black vehicle and sped away. There was no weapon, injuries, or threats of violence.

The VPD Power Squad and Narcotics Unit follow up on the incident led to the identification of Craig Lamar Debruce, 21, a Valdosta resident.

He came voluntarily to the police department to talk to detectives and investigators from the U.S. Postal Service Inspectors Office from Tallahassee.

"He got word that officers were lookin' for him because officers familiar with him and familiar with his family members were able to contact them and say, 'do you know where he's at? Could you have him contact us,'" explained Valdosta Police Department Cpt. Bobbi McGraw.

Debruce was not completely cooperative with the investigators, and was taken into custody. He was taken to the Lowndes County Jail and a Robbery warrant is pending. There is also the possibility of additional federal criminal charges. 

The second suspect is not in custody at this time and the package has not yet been recovered.

Anyone having any additional information regarding this case is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or call the crime tip line at 229-293-3091.

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