Las Vegas Trio Indicted on Theft, Robbery Charges - 8 News NOW

Las Vegas Trio Indicted on Theft, Robbery Charges

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LAS VEGAS -- Three men were indicted Tuesday on federal charges of conspiracy, theft and robbery for allegedly stealing controlled substances and designer goods from delivery vehicles and warehouses in Las Vegas, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.

Julio De Armas Diaz, 53, Alexis Torres Simon, 45, and Alexander Del Valle Garcia, 41, all of Las Vegas, were charged with one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of conspiracy to commit theft from an interstate shipment. Del Valle Garcia also was charged with one count of making a false statement to the FBI.

According to the indictment, the defendants from October through April 8 allegedly conspired to obtain designer goods and controlled substances by stealing them from trucks and other vehicles, trailers, warehouses and storage facilities. They then allegeldy sold the goods for their own financial gain.

The defendants allegedly broke into warehouses by cutting through doors, breaking into delivery vans and other vehicles left unsupervised and forcibly robbing delivery drivers and their vehicles' contents.

The indictment alleged that between April 4 and April 8, the defendants conspired to rob a delivery van driver with a firearm to obtain possession of a van containing controlled substances. On April 8, Garcia allegedly falsely told FBI agents that he was driving a friend to apply for a job the morning of his arrest, and that gloves and duct tape found in the car he was driving belonged to the registered owner of the vehicle.

The defendants are in federal custody and are scheduled for arraignments on May 2 before United States Magistrate Judge George Foley.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit robbery charge, up to 15 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit theft charge, and five years minimum, which must be served consecutively, on the firearm charge. Garcia also faces up to five years in prison for making a false statement to law enforcement. All face fines of up to $250,000 on each count.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and Metro Police, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Brown.


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