UPS Driver Steals and Sells More Than 70 Guns
Russ Chastain 07.29.14
A California UPS driver and his alleged accomplice have been arrested and charged with stealing large numbers of goods, including six dozen firearms. Doh!
We all know that shipping guns brings risks, and theft is always a possibility. But we generally have faith that those who do our shipping are honest folks, just trying to make an honest living. Sadly, that’s not always the case.
On July 23, charges were brought against former UPS driver Curtis Hays, who was arrested two days later, according to a local news article. He’s charged with stealing 72 firearms, as well as jewelry and cell phones. Prosecutors say Hays then passed the loot to Dennis Dell White, Jr. in Rancho Cucamonga, who sold it.
The U.S. attorney’s indictment contained 16 charges in all, including six counts of firearm theft; six counts of receipt and possession of stolen firearms; two counts of theft, receipt, and possession of goods in interstate commerce; and conspiracy.
The guns went missing in 2012 when they failed to arrive at the Turner’s Outdoorsman store where they were expected. Store management triggered the investigation which finally led to the charges and arrests.
Somewhere, there are very likely 72 people who have no idea that their prized firearms were stolen.