Lexington County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested five UPS employees last week in connection with a not-so-elaborate gun-theft ring at a UPS shipping hub in West Columbia, South Carolina.
According to the reports, UPS’s security team contacted the Lexington Country Sheriff’s Department that guns were being stolen from incoming trucks. Police say that the theft ring would steal the guns by sorting though incoming packages, and then sell or give away the guns, all while being on company time.
“UPS’ security team called us in as soon as they became aware of guns being stolen from incoming trucks,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Once we started our investigation, detectives determined Kinney and Peters devised a plan to steal guns from incoming packages at the UPS hub.”
Investigators with the Sheriff’s office arrested the five men, identified as Byron Burke, 19, Jalen Green, 19, Dishon Kinney, 18, Kenyon Peters, 18, and Tre’von Williams, 19, face charges of breach of trust. Kinney and Peters are also charged with criminal conspiracy as police say they are the ones who devised the plan.
They were arrested at the UPS Hub on Thursday, July 16th at the UPS Hub. They have all since been released after meeting conditions of their bond.