UPDATE: Macon police arrest two men in armed robbery of post office

Macon police have arrested two men in connection with the Dec. 5 armed robbery of a Pio Nono Avenue post office.

Vernon Anthony Reid, 23, of Hillridge Drive, and Harold Leroy Housley Jr., 21, of Houston Avenue, are charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, said detective Stephen Hutto.

Reid and Housley are accused of entering the post office, located at 1040 Pio Nono Ave. at about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and ordering everyone to get on the floor, according to police.

The men reportedly then robbed two postal employees at gunpoint and demanded money from the cash register.

Authorities said one of the men was carrying a sawed-off single barrel shotgun and the other had a handgun.

Hutto said the FBI, GBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Taskforce and a regional drug task force participated in the investigation.

“We worked hard and worked long hours,” he said.

Citizens called in several tips to the Emergency 911 center and to Macon Regional CrimeStoppers following the robbery that helped the investigation, Hutto said.

“The citizens of Macon really stepped up,” he said.

Hutto said the tip that led to Reid and Housley being arrested on Tuesday came from the FBI.

Members of the U.S. Marshals task force learned that Reid and Housley would be at a hangout in south Macon and arrested them at the hangout without incident, he said.

Hutto said officers have questioned Reid and Housley about other recent robberies in Macon, but they denied being involved.

“It’s always a possibility,” Hutto said.

Reid and Housley are being held at the Bibb County jail without bond, according to jail records.

Information from The Telegraph Archives was included in this report.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.