LOS ANGELES – A father and son from Adelanto are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on federal charges related to a string of thefts from moving mail trucks and the robbery of a United States Postal Service facility in Victorville. Kory Kreshon Parker Sr., 46, and Kory Kreshon Parker Jr., 23, are expected to enter pleas to a two-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on March 15. Both Parkers are charged with conspiracy and robbery of United States property. Each of the two counts carries a five-year statutory maximum sentence.
Original Release (March 6):
Federal Case Charges San Bernardino County Father and Son in Conspiracy to Steal Cash from the U.S. Postal Service
RIVERSIDE, California – A father and son have been arrested and charged in federal court in connection with a robbery late last week at a United States Postal Service facility in Victorville.
According to court documents filed on Friday, the father and son – Kory Kreshon Parker Sr., 46, and Kory Kreshon Parker Jr., 23, both of Adelanto – also are suspects in a series of Postal truck robberies across Southern California that has caused more than $400,000 in losses.
The Parkers were charged Friday in a criminal complaint filed in United States District Court. The complaint charges both men with conspiracy to rob the Victorville Post Office on Thursday night.
According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaints, the pair also are believed to have committed a string of postal truck robberies over the last 18 months – thefts that occurred while the trucks were moving or otherwise in transit. During those robberies, the thieves jumped on the back of a postal truck and opened the rear door to steal the truck’s contents, specifically registered mail that included cash, checks and money orders.
The Parkers made their initial court appearances on Friday afternoon, and United States Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym ordered them detained – held without bond – pending trial. A preliminary hearing in this case was scheduled for March 17, and the two men are scheduled to be arraigned on March 22.
If convicted of the conspiracy charge in the criminal complaint, the defendants each would face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.
A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.
This matter is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, with the assistance of the Rialto Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bilal Essayli of the Riverside Branch Office.
The Parkers are the latest defendants to be charged in relation to crimes affecting the mails and the United States Postal Service.
Other cases prosecuted recently by the United States Attorney’s Office include:
- 33 defendants charged across 28 cases;
- 11 defendants charged across seven cases in the Inland Empire;
- Carlos Canjura, 54 of Van Nuys;
- Chinh Vuong, 48, of Garden Grove;
- Bernie Martinez, 23, and Kammi Leigh Vestesen, 24, both of Corona; and
- Paul Wagner, 28, of Corona.
This representative sample of cases is only a portion of the cases charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in which the mail service was victimized. To address the rising problem of mail theft and crimes such as identity theft that flow from mail theft, the Los Angeles-based U.S. Attorney’s Office more than doubled the number of cases charged which were investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service from 2015 to 2016.