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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Former East Hartford Resident Admits Robbing More than $21K from USPS Employee in Hartford

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that DION EDWARD THOMPSON, 39, formerly of East Hartford, pleaded guilty yesterday in Hartford federal court to robbing a U.S. Postal Service employee in Hartford in September 2014.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 9, 2014, THOMPSON, and another man who was armed with what appeared to be a firearm, robbed a U.S. Postal Service employee of U.S. Postal Service funds at the Barry Square Post Office, located at 645 Maple Avenue in Hartford. The robbery occurred as the employee was loading the Post Office’s daily proceeds into a postal vehicle, which was parked at the loading dock. Approximately $21,817 in cash, checks and money orders was stolen during the robbery.

THOMPSON pleaded guilty to one count of robbery of a U.S. Postal Service employee, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny on April 20, 2017.

THOMPSON is currently detained.

This investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with the assistance of the Hartford Police Department and the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Deborah R. Slater and Douglas P. Morabito.

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Violent Crime
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Updated January 18, 2017