Two men arrested in post office robbery

Police have arrested two Macon 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, police detective Stephen Hutto said.

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

Police said the men 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 while 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 Task Force and a regional drug task force participated in the investigation.

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

Residents 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’s arrests came from the FBI.

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

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

“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’s archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.