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GARY — A man robbed the U.S. Post Office at gunpoint Thursday night by forcing two employees into the restroom while he raided a cash drawer for money and fled. 

Gary police were dispatched about 5:55 p.m. to the U.S. Post Office, 2407 W. 11th Ave., in Gary, for a report of an armed robbery, Gary police Lt. Dawn Westerfield said. 

A post office employee stated she was picking up her mail for next day's delivery when she was approached by a man with a gun.

The man allegedly came from around a dumpster, grabbed her white bag containing money and keys to her Postal Service vehicle, and put a gun to her back, Westerfield said. 

The two entered the building together. The suspect pointed a gun at the second female employee and asked if anyone else was in the building, police said. 

He searched both for cellphones but put them in the restroom. One of the employees reportedly used her blue tooth to call police even though she didn't have her cellphone on her. 

The suspect is described a dark-skinned black man about 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a tattoo on his neck, police said. He was wearing all black clothing with a ski mask. 

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Gary detectives at 219-881-1210. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.