South L.A. man pleads guilty to stealing nearly $240,000 from USPS trucks

LOS ANGELES – A South Los Angeles man pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge and admitted to participating in two armed robberies of United States Postal Service trucks carrying tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

Myron Crosby, 28, of Athens, pleaded guilty to one felony count of robbery of United States property. United States District Judge S. James Otero has scheduled a November 25 sentencing hearing.

Crosby admitted in his plea agreement that, on February 1, 2018, he 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 South Los Angeles, he admitted in his plea agreement. 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, the plea agreement states. Crosby admitted that he and his co-conspirators robbed the USPS of $110,221.

At the time of his sentencing hearing, Crosby will face a statutory maximum sentence of 25 years in federal prison.

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

William Crosby is a former USPS supervisor who previously worked at both the Wagner and Dockweiler post offices and who 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 a July 2018 grand jury indictment charging the two men.

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

William Crosby’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 28, at which time he will face a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The probe into Myron and William Crosby was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Secret Service. The investigation remains ongoing with respect to additional co-conspirators and additional robberies.

The case is being 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.