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South LA man admits he robbed postal service trucks

With help of former USPS employee

City News Service | 8/22/2019, midnight

A South Los Angeles man this week admitted his participation in two armed robberies of U.S. Postal Service trucks carrying tens of thousands of dollars in cash—heists that were planned out with the help of his half-brother, a former USPS employee.

Myron Crosby, 28, of Athens pleaded guilty to one felony count of robbery of United States property, which carries a possible maximum sentence of 25 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero set sentencing for Nov. 25.

Crosby admitted in his plea agreement that, on Feb. 1, 2018, he and his half-sibling organized the armed robbery of a USPS truck departing the Wagner Post Office located in Los Angeles, near the city boundary with Inglewood.

During the robbery, in which Crosby acted as a lookout, a white minivan blocked the USPS truck just outside the post office and the robber threatened the truck driver at gunpoint and stole $37,658 in cash, the plea agreement states.

On March 1, 2018, Crosby conspired to rob the Dockweiler Post Office in South Los Angeles, according to his plea agreement. On the day of the robbery, Crosby rented a Mercedes-Benz SUV and used that vehicle to box in a USPS truck as it exited the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway at Slauson Avenue. At that time, another co-conspirator exited another vehicle, pointed a gun at the USPS driver and stole $72,563 in cash, the plea agreement states. Crosby admitted that he and his co-conspirators robbed the USPS of $110,221.

On July 31, Crosby’s 32-year-old half-brother, William Crosby IV of Inglewood, pleaded guilty to two felonies: robbery of United States property and using a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

The former USPS supervisor previously worked at both the Wagner and Dockweiler post offices and knew when the USPS transported cash generated from the sale of money orders and merchandise—information that is not known to all Postal Service employees, according to a July 2018 grand jury indictment charging the half-brothers.

The older of the two defendants admitted in his plea agreement that between August 2017 and March 2018, while a USPS employee, he conspired with others, including his half-brother, to plan a theft and two robberies of USPS trucks carrying cash. The burglary and armed robberies caused cash losses of $238,457, according to his plea agreement.

William Crosby, who is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28, faces a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, prosecutors said.

The probe into the Crosby brothers remains ongoing with respect to additional co-conspirators and robberies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.