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Sentenced in Tolleston post office robbery case

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A Merrillville man has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison after being convicted in a four-day trial in January for conspiring to rob the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

James Caffey, 29, was sentenced to 90 months in prison and two years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,595.

“According to documents in this case and evidence presented at trial, James Caffey conspired with Tanisha Banks and 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 the handgun used during the robbery. After holding two employees at gun point, Leeroy Beck stole money and mail from the Postal Service. The cash was divided between the conspirators.”

Tanisha Banks is scheduled for sentencing today. Leeroy Beck was sentenced on May 14, 2019, to 96 months in prison.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Gary Police Department.



Posted 11/5/2019




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