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Two convicted in robbery of Tolleston Post Office

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Two Merrillville residents have been convicted by a jury of conspiring to rob as well as aiding and abetting the robbery of U.S. postal employees of mail and money, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana is reporting.

James Caffey, 28, and Tanisha Banks, 38, were both convicted on Monday following a four-day jury trial, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“According to evidence presented at trial, Tanisha Banks and James Caffey, conspired with a third person, Leeroy Beck, to rob the Tolleston Station Post Office in Gary, Ind., on Aug. 3, 2017,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Tanisha Banks, a Postal Service employee with experience working at the Tolleston Station, provided the logistics for the robbery while her boyfriend, James Caffey, handled transportation to and from the robbery. Together Banks and Caffey recruited the gunman, Leeroy Beck, who would actually carry out the robbery.”

“At trial evidence was presented establishing that Caffey provided Beck with a handgun to use during the robbery,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “On Aug. 3, 2017, after holding two employees at gun point, Leeroy Beck stole money and mail from the Postal Service. The cash was divided amongst the conspirators. Banks and Caffey used their share from the robbery to pay bills including a car note on the gray Dodge Charger James Caffey used to drive the gunman to and from the robbery.”

Beck entered into a guilty plea prior to trial.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Gary Police Department.


Posted 1/31/2019




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