Crime scene tape blocks the entrance to the United States Post Office last Wednesday afternoon n Planterville, shortly after a lone suspect robbed the location, which was staffed by one employee at the time. -- File Photo
Crime scene tape blocks the entrance to the United States Post Office last Wednesday afternoon n Planterville, shortly after a lone suspect robbed the location, which was staffed by one employee at the time. -- File Photo

Post office robbery suspected arrested in Mississippi

Published 10:47pm Tuesday, October 29, 2013

PLANTERSVILLE — The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday that 62-year-old Rubyn Gene Smith was arrested Monday in Ocean Springs, Miss. Smith is connected to last Wednesday’s robbery of the post office in Plantersville.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Pugh declined to offer a lot of details on Smith’s arrest, saying U.S. Marshals took him into custody.

“Yes, he still has a $200,000 bond on a robbery first charge, but he also is being held on a federal probation violation, so there is no bond,” Pugh said. “At this point, we’re not exactly sure when he will be back in Dallas County, but expect it would be in the next week or so.”

Last Wednesday, Smith allegedly entered the Plantersville Post Office before noon and demanded money from the lone postal clerk on duty. Investigators said he did not show a gun of any kind, but implied to the clerk he had one.

The clerk reportedly handed over money to Smith, who then walked out. The amount of the money was not disclosed.

Last week, after identifying Smith as the suspect, Sgt. John Hatfield with the Sheriff’s Department, said Smith was a native of Plantersville but was believed to have been living in Mobile.

Hatfield also reported Smith was convicted of robbing the same post office in 2006, which is why he remained on a federal probation.

Smith could face both state and federal charges.

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