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UPS Blamed for Collapse of Jewelry Theft Case

Posted June 14, 2007

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— Charges have been dropped against four UPS workers accused of stealing jewels from inbound packages at a center in Rocky Mount, and police blame the company for the investigation's collapse.

The Nash County District Attorney's Office dropped larceny and conspiracy charges against Jermaine Mack, Kelly Cherry, Christopher Ingram and Winifred Sweeney.

Police accused the four, who were employees in the UPS sorting department, of stealing more than $200,000 in jewels from 13 packages addressed to Bailey's and to Wade Designs in Rocky Mount.

The incidents date to November 2005, police said. The jewels have never been recovered.

UPS conducted its own internal investigation for months before contacting law enforcement, and police said that delay hurt the case and left officers chasing weak, mostly circumstantial evidence.

"We came to the conclusion that it would probably be in the best interest of justice to dismiss those charges," said Capt. Martin McCoy of the Rocky Mount Police Department. "It's extremely frustrating because it is, in fact, a criminal investigation."

An assistant district attorney said the charges were dismissed pending further investigation. McCoy said, however, "At this point, I don't believe anyone will be charged."

A spokeswoman for UPS declined to comment on the case, saying the company considers it an ongoing investigation.

Store owners said the end of the case sends the wrong message to potential thieves.

"We're just in disbelief over it because, how could they possibly not have continued the investigation further?" said Clyde Bailey Jr., the owner of Bailey's. "We all have heard that crime doesn't pay, but obviously, in Rocky Mount, crime does pay."

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  • Daria Jun 15, 2007

    A UPS employee stole my TV in 2004. The company did not over box it and it "disappeared" when it was supposed to be redelivered. They blamed it on the contractors they were hiring and said that they had a lot of similar issues.

  • 050462 Jun 15, 2007

    glad to see the brothers get off......its about time

  • 050462 Jun 15, 2007

    those employees deserve a promotion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 050462 Jun 15, 2007

    george bush took the jewlery

  • 050462 Jun 15, 2007

    fedex,ghl,others all have thieves,so baileys jewlery..........get over it,why you no insurance..........tooobad,you will just raise your prices,and i would find a lawyer if i was one of them.

  • lemmeaxeusumpin Jun 15, 2007

    SEE WHAT BROWNS WILL DO FOR YOU!!!!!!!

  • tmorgan Jun 15, 2007

    This is why they offer shipping insurance. CYA.

  • MISS OH BABY Jun 15, 2007

    i believe everyone is a guy except Kelly cherry... winifred is a man

  • listening Jun 15, 2007

    Let's all go back and read the story. It was UPS employees no one said they were all men. Winifred sounds female (I could be wrong) and Kelly could go either way. And sometimes you don't need evidence to convict a person.

  • dhlrbkrs Jun 15, 2007

    Believe you me, UPS will definitely take care of this matter in their own way if the RMPD doesn't. People are sadly mistaken if they think that DHL & FEDEX are any different as far as people stealing. Anyone missing any Digital Cameras being shipped by DHL??? Sadly there are dishonest people in almost every company. Don't let a few bad apples spoil the whole bunch.

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