LOS ANGELES 

A South Los Angeles man was sentenced Monday to eight years in federal prison for planning, overseeing and executing two violent daytime armed robberies of U.S. Postal Service trucks carrying tens of thousands of dollars in cash, officials stated.

            Myron Crosby, 28, of Athens, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero, who also ordered Crosby to pay $110,221 in restitution.

Crosby plead guilty on August 19 to one count of robbery of United States property.

On February 1, 2018, Crosby and his co-conspirators organized the armed robbery of a Postal Service 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 Wagner Post Office, the robber threatened the truck driver at gunpoint, and the robber stole $37,658 in cash.

            On March 1, 2018, Crosby conspired to rob the Dockweiler Post Office in the Exposition Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

On the day of the robbery, Crosby 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. In total, between the two robberies, Crosby admitted in his plea agreement that he and his co-conspirators robbed the USPS of $110,221.

“[Crosby’s] role in these crimes was critical to their planning and execution,” prosecutors wrote in the government’s sentencing memorandum. “(He) helped organize the robberies, and then oversaw and assisted in their completion, including driving the car that was used to trap the victim driver’s truck in the March 1, 2018 robbery.”

The victim of the March 2018 robbery suffered significant trauma because of the event and ultimately took his own life later that year.

            William Crosby IV, 33, of Inglewood, Myron Crosby’s half-brother and a former Postal Service employee, is serving an 11-year prison sentence for participating in the robberies.

DOJ NOTED:

The United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Secret Service investigated this matter. The investigation remains ongoing with respect to additional co-conspirators and additional robberies.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas F. Rybarczyk of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, and Jeffrey M. Chemerinsky of the Violent and Organized Crime Section.

By Raul

Raul Hernandez is a former journalist. He has worked as a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years at the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso Times, Press Enterprise in Riverside, California and the Ventura County Star in California. He was a court reporter for more than 20 years.