LAS VEGAS -- Three men who stole controlled substances and designer goods from warehouses and delivery vans in the Las Vegas area were convicted Monday by a federal jury of robbery, theft and related charges, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.
Las Vegas residents Julio De Armas Diaz, 54, Alexis Torres Simon, 45, and Alexander Del Valle Garcia, 41, were convicted of one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, one count of attempted interference 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 interstate shipment. Each man was convicted on additional counts and will be sentenced Aug. 18 by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey.
“The U.S. Department of Justice will work with our local law enforcement partners and use federal laws to prosecute persons who use guns and violence to commit robberies and thefts in our community,” Bogden said. “Not only were these defendants committing thefts and planning a violent robbery, but they were selling stolen controlled substances causing additional harm to the community.”
According to court records and evidence introduced at trial, Diaz and Simon broke into warehouses, storage facilities, and delivery vans from October 2012 through April 2013. They stole designer handbags and controlled substances and sold the goods for their own financial gain.
The defendants broke into warehouses by cutting through doors, and broke into delivery vans and other vehicles left unsupervised in commercial parking lots. In April 2013, the defendants conspired to kidnap and rob a delivery van driver with a firearm to obtain control and possession of the van containing controlled substances.
The defendants face up to 20 years in prison on each of two robbery charges, up to five years in prison on the conspiracy to commit theft charge, and five years minimum on the firearm charge. They also face additional prison time for other charges, and fines of up to $250,000 on each count.
This case was investigated by the FBI and Metro Police, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christina Brown and Daniel Schiess.