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Couple arrested in theft of packages worth $50K

Posted November 7, 2008
Updated November 8, 2008

— A Fayetteville couple has been arrested in the theft of mail-order items worth tens of thousands of dollars, Cumberland County Sheriff Earl Butler said.

James Edward Smith Jr., 51, and his wife, Janet Grubb Smith, 50, both of 821 Wolflee Drive, were arrested Friday. James Smith was charged with felony embezzlement, and Janet Smith, with aiding and abetting a felony.

James Smith was employed by the local UPS office. Investigators said he took packages home that were supposed to be delivered to other common delivery carriers.

Items totaling more than $50,000 were confiscated from the Smith’s home, Butler said. The stolen items included swimming-pool supplies, computers, auto parts, tires, clothing and flashlight batteries and bulbs.

Both suspects have been released under separate $1,000 unsecured bonds. Their first court dates were set for Monday.


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  • Cannot Believe Nov 10, 2008

    No one should assume that someone is quitly of a crime until they are convicted. This news report is not accurate and a letter will be written to WRAL and any other news cast that as ran this report. Don't believe the news. And its possible she is upset because she is falsely accused of this crime.

  • rhodesian Nov 10, 2008

    There really is no recourse when a UPS employee steals a package. A box sent to me was stolen by a UPS employee in Raleigh. It betrayed my trust in this company and I have little hope of ever finding it. They need to tighten up their security regulations to ensure that NO package is stolen.

  • Seeminglyopposed Nov 10, 2008

    Someone please tell me why she looks so mad? It is really crazy in this economy to risk your job, especially when you have to making already good money. This is crazy...