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July 22, 2014

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3 suspects indicted in delivery van robberies

Three Las Vegas men were indicted Tuesday for allegedly stealing pharmaceutical drugs and designer goods from storage facilities and delivery trucks and reselling them, said Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for the district of Nevada.

Julio De Armas Diaz, 53, Alexis Torres Simon, 45, and Alexander Del Valle Garcia, 41, 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.

From October 2012 to April 8, the men allegedly robbed delivery van drivers and broke into warehouses to steal designer goods and controlled substances, according to the indictment. The men then resold the goods for their own profit.

The suspects also hijacked a delivery van using a firearm, the indictment said. Garcia then allegedly lied to FBI agents on the day of his arrest telling them that he was driving a friend to apply for a job, the indictment said. When officers asked about the gloves and duct tape found in the car, he said they belonged to the registered owner of the vehicle.

If convicted, the men face up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit robbery charge, 15 years in prison on the conspiracy to commit theft charge and a five year minimum on the firearm charge.

In addition to the other charges, Garcia also faces one charge of making a false statement to law enforcement and faces up to five years in prison if convicted. All face fines of up to $25,000 on each count.

The men are scheduled for arraignments at 3 p.m. on May 2.

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