Suspect arrested

VALDOSTA — Investigators have charged a Valdosta man in relation to the theft of a package from a postal worker Wednesday afternoon.

Craig Lamar DeBruce, 21, faces a robbery charge and possible federal criminal charges in connection with an incident that occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Valdosta Police Department reports.

A United States Postal Service employee was delivering mail in the 1600 block of Slater Street where he was reportedly approached by two men who asked him about a package that was supposed to be delivered to a home in the 200 block West Cranford.

The postal worker told the men that he could not give the package to them without proper identification. One of the men then presented an ID card which did not match the name on the package, reports stated.

“The carrier declined to give the package to the males and placed the package back into the postal truck,” said VPD Capt. Bobbi McGraw. “The package was grabbed from the back of the postal truck by one of the males, and they jumped into a black-colored vehicle and fled the area.”

There were reportedly no weapons, injuries or threats of violence during the incident.

DeBruce was identified as one of the suspects involved by investigators with the VPD Power Squad and Narcotics Unit.

The suspect reportedly volunteered to speak to detectives about the incident at the police department where he was also interviewed by investigators from the U.S. Postal Service Inspectors Office of Tallahassee, Fla., according to VPD.

“DeBruce was not completely cooperative with the investigators,” said McGraw.

DeBruce was taken to the Lowndes County Jail, and a robbery warrant is pending, according to authorities. Additional federal criminal charges could also be filed, according to reports.

The second suspect in the incident is not yet in custody, and the package has not been recovered, according to reports.

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