Former Postal Employee Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison for Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, and Theft of a Postal Service Key
The United States Attorney Kenyen Brown announces that Vincent Cole, a 26 year old, Mobile, Alabama resident, was sentenced today to 121 months incarceration for pointing a firearm in the face of a Mobile citizen and forcing that citizen to give Mr. Cole his 1993 customized Chevrolet Suburban and other items.
On December 2, 2014, Mr. Cole pled guilty to carjacking and using a firearm during an in relation to a crime of violence.
In detail, on November 4, 2012, at approximately 4 a.m., Cole approached a Mobile citizen as the citizen exited his vehicle in the driveway of the citizen’s home. Cole pointed a gun at the citizen and told him to give Cole all of his money and his vehicle. The citizen complied and gave Cole, not only the $40.00 cash in his pocket and the keys to his customized 1993 Chevrolet Suburban, but also his cell phone SIM card. Cole took the items then fled in the vehicle.
A short time later, the citizen gave a detailed description of Cole and what he was wearing, (including a gray hoodie) to police officers. Within hours, the citizen’s vehicle was found vehicle was found. The radio, speakers and amplifier and several high grade sound system items were
missing from the vehicle. The crime scene techs were able to lift comparable prints from the vehicle. The prints were run through a criminal fingerprint database and were matched to Cole. Officers showed a photo spread to the citizen with Cole’s photo included. The citizen positively identified Cole from the photo spread as the carjacker.
An Arrest warrant was obtained for Cole and he was arrested on November 6, 2012, at his residence without incident. A search warranted was obtained for his residence, and seized during the execution of the warrant were, ammunition, a car radio, speakers, an amplifier, and a gray hoodie. All items recovered were taken for the Chevy Suburban.
Detectives of the Mobile Police Department along with state task forces agents assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s violent crime unit investigated the case and presented it to the U.S. Attorney=s Office for prosecution. The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann.