Stephen A. Owens of Dumfries charged with theft of Apple products, police say

2:28 PM, Jun 4, 2013   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police say a 31-year-old Dumfries man has been charged with embezzlement of over 60 Apple products.

Stephen A. Owens, a UPS sorter, was reportedly taking unopened Apple products, stuffing them into his pants or otherwise concealing them and then selling them at bargain prices, officials say.

Fairfax County Police received complaints from the UPS facility at 8200 Alban Road in Springfield in November 2012. UPS security reported that large quantities of Apple products were disappearing from the facility, officials say.

"Thefts were reportedly taking place in batches since September 2012, and included such items as Macbooks, iPhones, iPods and iPads all being shipped directly from Apple to new customers. UPS became suspicious when customers started calling to inquire or complain that they had not received their products," according to a news release from the Fairfax County Police Department.

After a six month investigation, detectives uncovered a scam that involved primarily online buyers and sellers across the D.C, Maryland and Northern Virginia region.

Police remind consumers, whether online or in person, to make sure they are not purchasing items that may have been stolen.

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