FedEx staffer held in theft of 146 guns


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everallm
August 13, 2008, 10:37 AM
And all happening in the fine state of NJ (where I live) with some of the most heinous restrictions in the US. Anyone want to take a bet that there will be more screams for more law coming out of Trenton shortly....:D

The scheme began to fall apart when frustrated residents complained to Jersey City police

Where they frustrated because all they could buy where Bersa's or that they ran out of inventory?

H'mmmm I wonder where they got the funds to meet the $200,000 bail bond......:evil:

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/08/fedex_employee_charged_with_st.html

FedEx staffer held in theft of 146 guns
by Jeff Whelan/The Star-Ledger
Wednesday August 13, 2008, 4:33 AM

A FedEx cargo handler stole 146 handguns from the Monmouth County facility where he worked and enlisted a friend to help sell the weapons at public housing projects in Jersey City and on the streets of Newark and East Orange, federal investigators said today.

The scheme began to fall apart when frustrated residents complained to Jersey City police, who then used a sting operation to capture the suspects, authorities said.

Federal agents are now trying to trace dozens of the stolen weapons, many of which they said were sold for between $300 and $500 each or traded for drugs.

"This is a huge number of guns. Our primary goal is to find out where the remaining guns are. We want them in our custody. We don't want them in the hands of criminals or gang members," said special agent Joseph Green, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The two suspects, Patrick Dolan, 28, of Keyport and John Sozomenou, 32, of Aberdeen, surrendered at federal district court in Newark today. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz ordered them both released on $200,000 bond.

They were charged with conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms and face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Gribko, who is prosecuting the case.

The conspiracy began in October when Dolan stole a single handgun from the Federal Express facility in Eatontown, according to a criminal complaint unsealed today.

In May, he allegedly stole a shipment of 75 guns from a conveyor belt. The weapons were manufactured by Bersa in Argentina and destined for a southern New Jersey importer, authorities said. Days later, the complaint stated, he stole another shipment of 70 guns from Argentina.

But as Dolan grew bolder, authorities said, he and Sozomenou began raising eyebrows on the streets. Jersey City residents complained to police in May that two white males were selling handguns at three different public housing complexes, the complaint stated.

Tipsters said the guns, new and in their original boxes, were being sold out of a white Ford Bronco and a blue BMW, authorities said. One tipster caught the license plate of the BMW, which police traced to Dolan's girlfriend, according to the complaint.

Authorities used a confidential informant to set up a sting. The informant contacted Dolan and Sozomenou, who agreed to sell about a dozen handguns for approximately $300 apiece.

On May 29, the two suspects showed up at the buy in the Ford Bronco and were arrested. Police found a green army bag in the vehicle with eight Bersa .380-caliber handguns and one Comanche .22-caliber nine-shot revolver, according to the complaint. Authorities said all of the weapons had been stolen from the FedEx facility.

Police also recovered two loaded weapons hidden inside the steering wheel: a Bersa .380-caliber handgun, and a Bersa .40-caliber handgun, both also stolen from FedEx, authorities said.

Both suspects confessed, according to the complaint. They first were charged at the local level, but federal authorities, who can seek stiffer penalties, took over the case.

Greg Tomczak, who represents Dolan, and Peter Willis, who represents Sozomenou, both declined to comment today.

Jim McCluskey, a spokesman for FedEx, said Dolan was fired after his initial arrest in May. He said the company cooperated with investigators.

"It appears to be an isolated issue. We have very tight security procedures in place. We don't tolerate any type of illegal activity in our company," McCluskey said.

He said that in order to ship guns through the U.S. with FedEx, either the shipper or recipient must be a licensed manufacturer, importer, dealer or collector and the shipment must be in compliance with federal, state and local laws.

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crushbup
August 13, 2008, 10:43 AM
And now our lovely state legislators are going to have a knee-jerk reaction that makes it illegal for people to legally buy more than a few guns a year. Great.

30 cal slob
August 13, 2008, 10:45 AM
off with their heads. :fire:

sweetbeard
August 13, 2008, 10:49 AM
Good find THX

Made my day how stupid these people are!

qdemn7
August 13, 2008, 10:51 AM
Is this just SO special....They were charged with conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms and face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Gribko, who is prosecuting the case.

What do you want to bet they'll both do no more than 2 years. :cuss:

FCFC
August 13, 2008, 10:52 AM
Jersey City residents complained to police in May that two white males were selling handguns at three different public housing complexes, the complaint stated.

Tipsters said the guns, new and in their original boxes, were being sold out of a white Ford Bronco and a blue BMW, authorities said. One tipster caught the license plate of the BMW, which police traced to Dolan's girlfriend, according to the complaint.

Quite stoopid. These guys were guaranteed to be caught.

I do think that FedEx possibly moved quite slowly on the two big thefts (75 and 70 guns). One would think their loss people would have immediatelly jumped on such missing shipments.



He said that in order to ship guns through the U.S. with FedEx, either the shipper or recipient must be a licensed manufacturer, importer, dealer or collector and the shipment must be in compliance with federal, state and local laws.
This is generally true. But not for intrastate resident-to-resident, otherwise lawful transfers. Also, there is the interstate ship-to-yourself exception.

Dbl0Kevin
August 13, 2008, 10:57 AM
They were charged with conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms and face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Gribko, who is prosecuting the case.

It's absolutely amazing that in the state of NJ one can get 5 years for each magazine over 15 rounds, but a crime of actual significance is going to get a slap on the wrist. :banghead:

Cacafuego
August 13, 2008, 11:00 AM
Our primary goal is to find out where the remaining guns are. We want them in our custody.

How about wanting them back in the hands of their rightful owners?

Savage Shooter
August 13, 2008, 11:05 AM
morons
couldn't they pick something better than bersa's to steal jezz:D

Dravur
August 13, 2008, 11:06 AM
It's absolutely amazing that in the state of NJ one can get 5 years for each magazine over 15 rounds, but a crime of actual significance is going to get a slap on the wrist.

Well, the Bersa's dont have 15 rd mags, so they are ok. :neener:

Now, if they had been selling Glocks... the sentence would have been 6 life sentences.

JohnBlaze
August 13, 2008, 11:08 AM
agreed, Dbl0Kevin.

It doesn't seem that Fedex knew until after the fact. It's amazing that they got caught because someone reported them selling stolen guns. Crazy....

TexasRifleman
August 13, 2008, 11:13 AM
You mean to tell me that criminals will violate gun laws, even in New Jersey?

I'm shocked I tell you, shocked.

Drgong
August 13, 2008, 11:33 AM
Don't you love how they never seem to want to return guns to the lawful owner?

oweno
August 13, 2008, 11:36 AM
..and just how does one hide not 1 but 2 pistols inside a steering wheel?

Jolly Rogers
August 13, 2008, 11:47 AM
..and just how does one hide not 1 but 2 pistols inside a steering wheel?

Probably gutted the air bag and stuffed them in there.
Joe

Neo-Luddite
August 13, 2008, 11:49 AM
"It appears to be an isolated issue. We have very tight security procedures in place. We don't tolerate any type of illegal activity in our company (FedEx)," McCluskey said.

Good to know.

Here is an interesting book (free PDF) purportedly offering a different point of view on FedEx; http://maerowitz.com/documents/GaryRullo.pdf


I can in NO WAY support or deny the claims made in the book--just a rather off-beat read.

EOD Guy
August 13, 2008, 11:53 AM
This is generally true. But not for intrastate resident-to-resident, otherwise lawful transfers. Also, there is the interstate ship-to-yourself exception.

Legally, yes. By FedEx policy, no.

Bubbles
August 13, 2008, 12:09 PM
I do think that FedEx possibly moved quite slowly on the two big thefts (75 and 70 guns). One would think their loss people would have immediatelly jumped on such missing shipments.

The initial thefts were in May, and the perps were arrested in May after the sting was set up, so it looks like FedEx at least moved pretty quickly.

feedthehogs
August 13, 2008, 12:12 PM
Our primary goal is to find out where the remaining guns are. We want them in our custody.

Implications of conspiracy by the police to deny the legal owner of these guns possession, is just nonsense.

MinnMooney
August 13, 2008, 12:23 PM
from FCFC :
I do think that FedEx possibly moved quite slowly on the two big thefts (75 and 70 guns). One would think their loss people would have immediatelly jumped on such missing shipments.

from bubbles :
The initial thefts were in May, and the perps were arrested in May after the sting was set up, so it looks like FedEx at least moved pretty quickly.


Ya, I think FCFC just missed the arrest & firing time line. Both FedEx and the local authorities (with the sting operation) moved quite rapidly and efficiently.

This FedEx thief qualifies for the Darwin Award. How did he think that these missing shipment wouldn't be traced back to him???

Sleeping Dog
August 13, 2008, 02:29 PM
We have very tight security procedures in place

But a 75-gun shipment was stolen.

That guy's pants musta been SAGGIN'
:D

eflatminor
August 13, 2008, 03:52 PM
But, but, but our politicians tell us the guns get into the hands of criminals from gunshow loopholes and evil gun dealers. And here we have a criminal providing stolen guns to criminals. How could that be?!

There must be something wrong here...we already have laws against stealing and it didn't stop this guy. SHOCKING, no?

Thernlund
August 13, 2008, 03:58 PM
Good grief.

This is so bad for us (the law-abiding gun owners).

*sigh*


-T.

RaspberrySurprise
August 13, 2008, 04:02 PM
How much you wanna bet that when someone gets picked up with one of the stolen guns the news people will harp about evil gun owners and loopholes and the such.

CWL
August 13, 2008, 04:08 PM
I wonder how long he had been stealing individual guns since I doubt he jumped from 1 gun to 70 guns.

I also wonder if the police/Feds and FedEx are investigating all other cases of individuals losing guns during shipment.

XDKingslayer
August 13, 2008, 04:32 PM
Police also recovered two loaded weapons hidden inside the steering wheel: a Bersa .380-caliber handgun, and a Bersa .40-caliber handgun

Interesting...

woo18
August 13, 2008, 05:45 PM
What I don't get is why didn't Fedex realize the problem earlier. Fedex has very good tracking of packages in their possession. Wouldn't it seem suspicious that a particular facility was losing a lot of packages from a particular sender. Moreover, these packages contain firearms.

Guns and more
August 13, 2008, 05:49 PM
two white males were selling handguns at three different public housing complexes, the complaint stated.
Selling 75 guns in the projects or trading for drugs. I'm surprised these guys are still alive.

FCFC
August 13, 2008, 05:54 PM
Wouldn't it seem suspicious that a particular facility was losing a lot of packages from a particular sender. Moreover, these packages contain firearms.
Maybe they were shipped as.....machine parts....

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SCKimberFan
August 13, 2008, 06:16 PM
Thernlund:

"Good grief.

This is so bad for us (the law-abiding gun owners)."

How so? This was from a manufacturer to a distributor? I don't understand the connection. The people complaining (from the way I read it) were residents from the projects.

Thernlund
August 13, 2008, 07:35 PM
How so?

Wait until the Brady and VPC spin doctors get their mits on it. Then you'll see how so.

.50 caliber rifles didn't become illegal in California by accident.


-T.

Larry E
August 13, 2008, 08:50 PM
The argument of the antis will be, "if we just outlawed shipment of guns this sort of thing wouldn't happen...", or something equally stupid. The Bradyites and VPC folks can find a silver lining in just about any cloud that looks dark to gun owners. The idea that stealing guns and selling them is illegal anyway makes no difference to the antis - especially so in NJ. :cuss:

I'd think that maybe 5 years/gun stolen would be a fair time in the lockup. Even with time off for good behavior they could be locked up for a LONG time.... That'd be cruel and unusual though I suppose. :mad:

SCKimberFan
August 13, 2008, 09:00 PM
Only cruel and unusual to the left.

Tom488
August 13, 2008, 09:35 PM
It's absolutely amazing that in the state of NJ one can get 5 years for each magazine over 15 rounds, but a crime of actual significance is going to get a slap on the wrist.
Nah - you can only get up to 3 years per magazine... 4th degree crime. Now... if those magazines happen to be loaded with hollowpoint rounds... ooh, can that start to add up! :)

But in all seriousness, it is patently ridiculous that these criminals are only facing up to 5 years in prison, whereas a legal gun owner in NJ, if transporting a pistol to a range and stops for a cup of coffee, can face up to twice that amount of time. He's not putting illegal guns out on the street, where they WILL be used to kill people - he's getting his morning coffee, while his legally purchased, registered, unloaded, and locked pistol sits in his locked trunk, not hurting or intending to hurt anyone.

Calling Bryan Miller.... please explain THAT one to me.

zoom6zoom
August 13, 2008, 09:52 PM
Gee, why don't they require that guns be shipped overnight, so that the employees don't have time to steal them? Oh, wait... nevermind.

230RN
August 13, 2008, 10:03 PM
This FedEx thief qualifies for the Darwin Award.

Nah, they're still alive. Darwin Awards are posthumous. Always.

Dale00
August 13, 2008, 10:12 PM
How did the thieves know which packages contained firearms? Are they marked on the outside as firearms or can any employee look up the declared contents of any package? Seems like there must be a more secure way for fedex to handle firearms.

BAT1
August 13, 2008, 11:53 PM
The Ex- FedEX boys will stacking boxes at Club Fed now. Better not bend over to pick up the soap, dudes.
As Forest Gump said: Stupid is as Stupid does.

The Lone Haranguer
August 13, 2008, 11:57 PM
Just think, "inside job" thefts are why we have to pay a premium to send guns by the "next day air" service. :banghead: If I didn't know better I would say this is a form of protection racket.

never_retreat
August 14, 2008, 12:56 AM
uns and more
Quote:
two white males were selling handguns at three different public housing complexes, the complaint stated.
Selling 75 guns in the projects or trading for drugs. I'm surprised these guys are still alive.

I'll second that. I wouldn't drive there in the day light with a 50 on the roof.

Halo
August 14, 2008, 01:10 AM
Wow talk about dumb thieves. How could he possibly swipe a box of 75 handguns and not think that someone is going to notice that in a big hurry? I would guess the importer immediately reported the shipment as missing, and given the sensitive nature of the contents a few alphabet soup agencies would have gotten involved right away.

In the IT department where I work we've had quite a lot of stuff stolen by employees of the shipping companies. A few years ago we ordered a bunch of new laptops and several of them arrived with no laptops in the box but instead contained stuff like handtruck tires and various other "ballast" you might find laying around a shipping depot.

plexreticle
August 14, 2008, 01:19 AM
5 years seems a little light for this kind of crime.

EOD Guy
August 14, 2008, 10:43 PM
5 years seems a little light for this kind of crime.

That would be 5 years for each count. Multiply that by 75.

Geronimo45
August 14, 2008, 10:57 PM
Jersey City residents complained to police in May that two white males were selling handguns at three different public housing complexes, the complaint stated.
So... the complaint is that the gun-sellers were white? :p

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