The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is raising the stakes to solve a burglary at the Elmore Post Office last month.
Rachel Williams, a postal inspector in Minneapolis, says the investigation continues and there are no updates at this time.
But, Williams says postal officials are seeking the public’s help by offering a reward of up to $5,000.
“There’s no deadlines on rewards,” she says. “They are usually in effect until the case is resolved, meaning an arrest and conviction.”
According to a poster placed at the Elmore Post Office, the burglary occurred between the afternoon hours of Saturday, June 20, and the morning hours of Monday, June 22.
The Elmore Police Department and Faribault County Sheriff’s Department were initially involved in the investigation.
Police Chief Steve Linde in the past has said that postal equipment and packages waiting to be picked up were taken during the break-in.
Breaking into a post office building, stealing packages or postal property are federal crimes and each carry a fine and up to five years in prison. The person or persons responsible could also face state prosecution.
Anyone having information about the burglary is asked to contact Postal Inspection by calling at (877) 876-2455, then say — law enforcement, reference code number 3098452.
The phone number for the Elmore Police Department is (507) 943-3237 and Faribault County Sheriff’s Department, (507) 526-5148.