UPS Worker Arrested in Apple Product Thefts

By Amber Ferguson
|  Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013  |  Updated 3:39 PM EDT
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UPS Worker Arrested in Apple Product Thefts

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A UPS worker was arrested for allegedly stealing more than 60 Apple products from unopened shipping packages then reselling them.

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Police have arrested a Dumfries man accused of stealing more than 60 Apple products from unopened shipping packages at the UPS store.

Stephen A. Owens was arrested May 3 and charged with embezzlement. Owens was a sorter at the United Parcel Service (UPS) facility in Virginia.

Detectives received complaints from security at the UPS facility at 8200 Alban Rd. in Springfield, Va. in November 2012. Staff reported that large quantities of Apple products were disappearing from the facility. The items included Macbooks, iPhones, iPods and iPads that were being shipped from Apple to new customers.

UPS became aware of the incidents after customers across the DMV area called, saying they had not received their products.

Fairfax detectives worked with UPS security for six months to uncover the sophisticated scam, and say Owens allegedly stole more than 60 Apple products.

Police believe Owens would take the unopened Apple products, stuff them into his pants and then work with others to sell them at bargain prices for holiday shoppers.

He was charged with embezzlement.

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