Defendants Sentenced In Mail Theft Case
Mail Stolen From Oaklawn And Brookhollow Stations In Dallas
DALLAS — Three individuals who were involved in burglaries at two post offices in Dallas have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison sentences, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Today, Gabriel Granado, 33, of Dallas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 96 months (eight years) in federal prison and ordered to pay $2,820 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in April 2014 to one count of burglary of a U.S. Post Office and two counts of possessing stolen mail.
Two co-defendants, Corina Denise Alfaro, 28, also of Dallas, and Esteban Segovia, 39, of San Antonio, Texas, were sentenced earlier this summer for their roles. Alfaro, who pleaded guilty to one count of burglary of a U.S. Post Office and one count of possessing stolen mail, was sentenced to 52 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $2,820 in restitution. Segovia, who pleaded guilty to one count of burglary of a U.S. Post Office, was sentenced to 26 months in federal prison.
According to plea documents filed in the case, on June 16, 2013, Granado, Alfaro and Segovia forcibly broke into a U.S. Post Office located at 2736 Royal Lane in Dallas, with the intent to commit larceny. Each further admitted they possessed checks they knew had been stolen from post offices.
According to the complaint filed in the case, on the evening of June 16, 2013, U.S. Postal Inspectors were continuing surveillance on U.S. Postal Service blue collection boxes at the Oak Lawn Station, 2825 Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas, after several reports of break-ins at those collection boxes. The investigation of those break-ins led to the identification of Granado and Alfaro as possible suspects.
The investigation revealed, however, that late the same evening, Alfaro’s vehicle was at the Brookhollow Station, and then later, it arrived at a motel in Dallas where she and Granado were staying. Law enforcement observed them, along with Segovia, who was carrying what appeared to be two large shopping bags, exit the vehicle and enter a room at the motel.
Later that evening, while inspecting the Brookhollow Station, a U.S. Postal Inspector and a Postal Police Officer noticed that the dutch door of the lobby had been forcibly opened. In addition, an alarm had been activated from that location at the approximate time Granado and Alfaro were believed to have been at that location.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Dana prosecuted.