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Robberies of postal carriers totaled 496 in 2022, quadrupling over a decade, the Associated Press reported on May 8, 2023.

Weapons were used in most of the robberies, according to AP News.

The 2022 robbery victims included Milwaukee letter carrier Aundre Cross, who was shot to death Dec. 9, 2022 in what federal investigators describe as a targeted attack. Two men are charged in his murder. Two women also were charged with crimes in connection with the case.

Many of the crimes are becoming more sophisticated and organized, some targeting the special keys that carriers use to access collection boxes and to deliver mail in apartment buildings, AP reported.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, who represents Milwaukee, asked the postmaster general to create a task force to combat the robberies.

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AP News ‘Outraged’ letter carriers demand action to stop robberies

TMJ4 News 4th person charged in connection to death of USPS mail carrier, Aundre Cross

Rep. Gwen Moore (Twitter) Postal workers play an essential role in our communities.

Rep. Gwen Moore (YouTube) Congresswoman Gwen Moore Writes Letter to Postmaster General on Security of USPS Carriers

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for PolitiFact and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.