2 men plead guilty in robberies of mail carriers in North Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The men responsible for eight robberies of mail carriers have pleaded guilty, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton announced.

Charges were filed against 18-year-old Jerrad Coleman and 18-year-old Louis Dixon in April.

Dixon pleaded guilty to robbery of U.S. property and conspiracy to commit robbery and unlawful possession of U.S. property on June 26. Coleman pleaded guilty to the same charges on July 2.

“The U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service will always make the safety of their employees one of their top priorities,” said Inspector-in-Charge Kai Pickens of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Fort Worth Division.

“This should serve as a warning to anyone who seeks to harm and traumatize our employees: The U.S. Postal Inspection Service will use every means possible to find you and bring you to justice. I am grateful for our partnerships with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth and Frisco police departments who assisted us in the investigation of Mr. Coleman and Mr. Dixon,” Pickens said.

According to court documents, the men scoured the streets of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area looking for U.S. Postal Service mail carriers to rob in the hope of stealing an Arrow Key, a master key used by mail carriers to retrieve mail placed in blue mailboxes.

According to the DOJ, unauthorized possession of these keys allows individuals to gain unauthorized access to mailboxes and steal victims' mail, checks, credit cards, bank account information and other confidential data.

Over the course of approximately four months, the men conspired to commit several robberies of U.S. Postal Service letter carriers, including on January 17 in Fort Worth, January 18 in Fort Worth, January 25 in Dallas, January 29 in Dallas, March 15 in Fort Worth, March 28 in Arlington, April 4 in Frisco, and April 17 in Fort Worth.

After robbing the mail carriers, often at gunpoint, the men fled in getaway vehicles. They then illegally used, sold or disposed of the Arrow Keys.

Both men now face up to 15 years in a federal prison.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation with assistance from the police departments of Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth and Frisco.