William Crosby IV, 32, a former United States Postal Service employee pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for participating in one burglary and two armed robberies of USPS trucks carrying cash – incidents that caused nearly a quarter million dollars in losses. He pleaded guilty to two felonies: robbery of United States property and using a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. Crosby faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison along with a mandatory consecutive sentence of seven years' imprisonment.
Between August 2017 and March 2018, while a USPS employee, Crosby conspired with others to plan a theft and two robberies of USPS trucks carrying cash. The burglary and armed robberies caused cash losses of $238,457. As a former supervisor, Crosby knew when the USPS transported cash generated from the sale of money orders and USPS merchandise. On August 1, 2017, Crosby signaled to his co-conspirators that a Postal Service truck carrying a large amount of cash was on the loading dock at the Dockweiler Post Office in South Los Angeles. A co-conspirator wearing a Postal Service shirt walked onto the loading dock and stole a container inside the truck that contained $128,236 in cash.
On February 1, 2018, Crosby, then assigned to the Wagner Post Office in Los Angeles near the city boundary with Inglewood, provided information to co-conspirators that a USPS truck carrying cash was leaving the facility. During the robbery, in which Crosby acted as a lookout, a minivan blocked the USPS truck just outside the Wagner Post Office, the robber threatened the truck driver at gunpoint, and the robber stole $37,658 in cash. On March 1, 2018, Crosby took sick leave without pay from his job at the Wagner Post Office. On that date, however, he again conspired to rob a post office, this time the Dockweiler Post Office, where he previously worked. Less than one hour before the robbery, Crosby parked at a grocery store parking lot across the street from the Dockweiler Post Office in a spot where he could see the post office's loading dock area.
After the USPS truck left the facility, Crosby, and his co-conspirators, followed the truck. A co-conspirator rented a Mercedes-Benz SUV and used that vehicle to box in the USPS truck as it exited the southbound 110 Freeway at Slauson Avenue. At that time, another co-conspirator exited another vehicle, brandished a gun to control the USPS driver, and stole $72,563 in cash.
Crosby's co-defendant, his half-brother Myron Crosby, 28, of Inglewood, is scheduled to go to trial in this case on September 3.
REMEMBER: Never bite the hand that feeds you.