LAS VEGAS, Nev. – 6/7/17 – A Las Vegas man was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones to 18 months in prison for breaking and entering into a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and stealing mail from the vehicle, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.
Javier Encinas, 30, pleaded guilty on March 1, 2017, to one count of breaking or entering carrier facilities and one count of theft or receipt of stolen mail.
According to the plea agreement, on April 19, 2016, Encinas used a crow bar to break and enter into a locked U.S. Postal Service vehicle and steal trays of mail and 23 parcels. On April 20, 2016, Encinas was stopped by law enforcement in a stolen car. Inside that car law enforcement officers found approximately 471 items of stolen mail. During an interview with law enforcement, Encinas admitted to breaking into the back of the postal vehicle using a crow bar and stealing the mail.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Michael.