A U.S. Postal Service employee and his half-brother pleaded not guilty Friday in Los Angeles to federal charges stemming from armed robberies of USPS trucks that caused nearly a quarter-million dollars in losses.

William Crosby, 31, the USPS employee, and Myron Crosby, 27, both of Inglewood, were named in a four-count indictment filed Tuesday. Both defendants were ordered to stand trial Sept. 18 in downtown Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The Crosbys allegedly participated in the armed robbery of a USPS truck driver on March 1 after the vehicle was forced to stop on a Harbor (110) Freeway off-ramp. The indictment also alleges that William Crosby participated in the Feb. 1 armed robbery of a Postal Service driver, as well as the burglary of a Postal Service truck Aug. 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.

The indictment charges both Crosbys with conspiracy and robbery of United States property in relation to the March 1 heist. William Crosby is additionally charged with theft of government property and an additional count of robbery of United States property.

If convicted of all charges, William Crosby would face up to 65 years in federal prison, and Myron Crosby would face up to 30 years in prison for the conspiracy count, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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