Virginia UPS sorter charged with stealing over 60 Apple devices
updated 01:18 pm EDT, Wed June 5, 2013
by MacNN Staff
Suspect found after complaints about missing shipments
A 31-year-old Virginia man, Stephen A. Owens, has been charged with embezzling over 60 Apple products as a sorter at a Springfield UPS facility. Police tell local CBS station WUSA9 that Owens is accused of stealing unopened Apple products -- sometimes by hiding them in his pants -- and then selling them at a discount. Stolen goods included iPhones, iPads, iPods, and MacBooks.
Thefts are said to have occurred in batches starting in September 2012. In November, UPS contacted Fairfax County Police, having received a number of complaints from customers that their orders from Apple hadn't shipped. That fueled a six-month investigation, during which detectives discovered a network of mainly online buyers and sellers stretched across DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.