Three people carried out a scheme to steal thousands of undelivered Amazon packages, but were arrested by cops after throwing hundreds of boxes in Oklahoma, authorities said.
A man charged in what the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office called a “massive Amazon theft ring” was apparently a third-party delivery driver for the company who may have loaded additional pallets onto a truck, reported said cops.
The stolen packages were taken to a house in Luther, where police found them piled up all over the house, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
MPs opened an investigation Friday after finding 600 illegally discarded Amazon packages, most of them emptied of their contents, the bureau said. The thieves left books, including a copy of the Koran, in a rural area, KFOR-TV reported.
Authorities said tracking information showed the packages left an Amazon facility but never arrived at a U.S. Postal Service location for delivery.
“Each of these packages was supposed to be delivered on Christmas Day,” Sheriff’s spokesman Aaron Brilbeck told KFOR-TV. “So 600 people did not receive their Christmas presents because of it. “
Near the landfill, MPs found a garbage bag with a receipt and an addressed envelope that led them to the house where they found “thousands” of undelivered packages, some still wrapped on pallets, cops said. .
“Packages were stored throughout the house in almost every room and filled the storm shelter,” the press release said.
MEPs identified the perpetrators as Cesar Yasnier Cerqueira Rojas, an undocumented Cuban immigrant, who was driving a delivery truck owned by Dinneris Matos Delgado. Police also arrested Maikel Perez Laurencio, 38, who they said was also a third-party driver and an undocumented immigrant from Cuba.
The trio face charges of 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 identity of Rojas and Laurencio,” the statement read. “They provided us with a Cuban ID, but we are wondering if the IDs are genuine.”
An Amazon spokesperson said in the statement that the company is working with customers who have been affected by the thefts.