Men Sentenced to Prison for Kidnapping Conspiracy and Thefts from Delivery Drivers and Warehouses
LAS VEGAS, NV—Three Las Vegas men who stole controlled substances and designer goods from warehouses and delivery drivers, and conspired to kidnap and rob a pharmaceutical delivery van driver, were sentenced on Friday, April 17, 2015, to eight, 10, and 16 years in prison and three years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.
Alexander Del Valle Garcia, 42, was sentenced to 96 months in prison, Julio De Armas Diaz, 55, was sentenced to 130 months in prison, and Alexis Torres Simon, 46, was sentenced to 192 months in prison. The three men were convicted by a jury in May 2014 of one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery in addition to one count of conspiracy to commit theft from interstate shipment. Garcia was also convicted of one count of making a false statement to the FBI. Diaz was also convicted of one count of making a false statement to the FBI and three counts of theft from interstate shipment. Simon was also convicted of one count of felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of theft from interstate shipment.
“We regularly use federal laws to prosecute persons who use guns and violence to commit robberies and thefts in our community,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “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 the court records and evidence introduced at trial, beginning no later than about October 2012 and continuing to April 8, 2013, Diaz and Simon broke into warehouses, storage facilities, and delivery vans, and stole designer handbags and controlled substances and sold the goods for their own financial gain. The defendants broke into warehouses by cutting through warehouse doors, and broke into delivery vans and other vehicles that had been left unsupervised in commercial parking lots. Between April 7 and April 8, 2013, Diaz, Simon and Garcia conspired to kidnap and rob a delivery van driver with a firearm in order to obtain control and possession of the van containing controlled substances. On April 8, Garcia 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. On April 8, Diaz falsely told the FBI that he had no knowledge of a Beretta 9mm firearm recovered that day from the trunk of his vehicle, when he knew that the firearm had been placed in the trunk to be used that day in the planned robbery and theft of the van driver.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christina M. Brown and Daniel R. Schiess.