LOS ANGELES – A United States Postal Service employee and his half-brother were arraigned this morning after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of participating in a conspiracy that caused nearly a quarter million dollars in losses in two armed robberies and the burglary of USPS trucks carrying cash.
William Crosby, 31, the USPS employee, and Myron Crosby, 27, both of Inglewood, were named in a four-count indictment filed on Tuesday. At today's arraignment, both men pleaded not guilty and were ordered to stand trial on September 18.
The Crosbys allegedly participated in the armed robbery of a USPS truck driver on March 1 after the vehicle was forced to stop on an off-ramp of the Harbor Freeway. The indictment also alleges that William Crosby participated in the February 1 armed robbery of a Postal Service driver, as well as the burglary of a Postal Service truck on August 1, 2017.
As a former supervisor, William Crosby knew when the USPS transported cash generated from the sale of money orders and USPS merchandise – information that is not known to all Postal Service employees, according to the indictment, which alleges that the burglary and two armed robberies caused cash losses of $238,457.
According to the indictment:
- On August 1, 2017, William Crosby told unknown 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 man wearing a Postal Service shirt walked onto the loading dock and stole a container inside the truck that contained more than $128,000 in cash. About a month after this burglary, Myron Crosby allegedly used Instagram to send his half-brother a photo of stacks of $100, $50 and $20 bills with the caption “the count.”
- On February 1, William Crosby, then assigned to the Wagner Post Office in Los Angeles, provided information to unknown co-conspirators that a USPS truck carrying cash was leaving the facility. During an incident in which William Crosby acted as a lookout, a minivan blocked the USPS truck just outside the Wagner Post Office, a man threatened the truck driver at gunpoint, and the robber stole over $37,000 in cash.
- On March 1, William Crosby again acted as a source of information and a lookout in a robbery of a USPS truck that departed from the Dockweiler Post Office. Myron Crosby allegedly rented a Mercedes SUV and used that vehicle to box in the truck when it exited the southbound 110 Freeway at Slauson Avenue, which allowed another unidentified man to brandish a gun and steal over $72,000 in cash.
The indictment charges both Crosbys with conspiracy and robbery of United States property in relation to the March 1 incident. William Crosby is additionally charged with theft of government property and an additional count of robbery of United States property.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
If they were to be convicted of the crimes alleged in the indictment, William Crosby would face a statutory maximum sentence of 65 years in federal prison, and Myron Crosby would face up to 30 years in prison for the conspiracy count.
The case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Secret Service.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Rybarczyk of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section.
Component(s): USAO – California, Central
Contact: Thom Mrozek Spokesperson/Public Affairs Officer United States Attorney's Office Central District of California (Los Angeles) 213-894-6947
Press Release Number: 18-120 Updated July 30, 2018
Central District of California DOJ / 18-120 / July 27, 2018