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Tthree people carried out a plan to steal thousands of undelivered Amazon packages, but they were detained by the police after they dumped hundreds of boxes in Oklahoma, reported the authorities.
One of the defendants, in what the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office called a “massive Amazon theft ring,” apparently was an outside company delivery driver who may have loaded additional shipping rigs onto a truck, they said. the police officers.
The stolen packages were taken to a home in Luther, where police found them piled up throughout the area, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
Agents began an investigation Friday after They found 600 illegally dumped Amazon packages, mostly empty of their contents, according to the office.
The thieves left books, including a copy of the Koran, in a rural area, the KFOR-TV station reported.
Authorities said the tracking information showed that the packages had left an Amazon facility, but never made it to a US Postal Service location for delivery.
“Each of these packages was supposed to be delivered on Christmas daySheriff’s spokesman Aaron Brilbeck told KFOR-TV. “So 600 people did not receive their Christmas gifts as a result of this.”
Near the landfill, officers found a garbage bag with a receipt and an addressed envelope, which led them to the home where they found “thousands” of undelivered packages, some still wrapped on pallets, police said.
“The packages were stored throughout the house in almost every room and filled the storm shelter,” the news release said.
The agents identified the perpetrators as César Yasnier Cerqueira Rojas, an undocumented Cuban immigrant, who was driving a delivery truck owned by Dinneris Matos Delgado, also arrested.
The police also arrested Maikel Pérez Laurencio, 38, who said he was also a foreign driver and undocumented immigrant from Cuba.
The trio face charges that include possession of stolen property and embezzlement with more charges likely to be filed, the sheriff’s office said.
“It is important to note that we are working to verify the identities of Rojas and Laurencio,” the statement said. “They provided us with an ID from Cuba, but we questioned whether the IDs are authentic.” An Amazon spokesperson said in the statement that the company is working with customers who were affected by thefts.
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