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FedEx staffer held in theft of 146 guns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by everallm, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. everallm

    everallm Well-Known Member

    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:


    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.
  2. crushbup

    crushbup Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. 30 cal slob

    30 cal slob Well-Known Member

    off with their heads. :fire:
  4. sweetbeard

    sweetbeard member

    Good find THX

    Made my day how stupid these people are!
  5. qdemn7

    qdemn7 Well-Known Member

    Is this just SO special....
    What do you want to bet they'll both do no more than 2 years. :cuss:
  6. FCFC

    FCFC Has Never Owned a Gun

    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.

    This is generally true. But not for intrastate resident-to-resident, otherwise lawful transfers. Also, there is the interstate ship-to-yourself exception.
  7. Dbl0Kevin

    Dbl0Kevin Well-Known Member

    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:
  8. Cacafuego

    Cacafuego Member

    How about wanting them back in the hands of their rightful owners?
  9. Savage Shooter

    Savage Shooter Well-Known Member

    couldn't they pick something better than bersa's to steal jezz:D
  10. Dravur

    Dravur Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. JohnBlaze

    JohnBlaze Well-Known Member

    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....
  12. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    You mean to tell me that criminals will violate gun laws, even in New Jersey?

    I'm shocked I tell you, shocked.
  13. Drgong

    Drgong Well-Known Member

    Don't you love how they never seem to want to return guns to the lawful owner?
  14. oweno

    oweno Well-Known Member

    ..and just how does one hide not 1 but 2 pistols inside a steering wheel?
  15. Jolly Rogers

    Jolly Rogers Well-Known Member

    Probably gutted the air bag and stuffed them in there.
  16. Neo-Luddite

    Neo-Luddite Well-Known Member

    "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.
  17. EOD Guy

    EOD Guy Well-Known Member

    Legally, yes. By FedEx policy, no.
  18. Bubbles

    Bubbles Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. feedthehogs

    feedthehogs Well-Known Member

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

    MinnMooney Well-Known Member

    from FCFC :
    from bubbles :
    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???

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