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UPS Workers Accused of Stealing $200,000 in Jewels

Posted March 30, 2007 1:03 p.m. EDT
Updated March 30, 2007 7:17 p.m. EDT

— Four Rocky Mount UPS workers were arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $200,000 worth of gems from packages that were supposed to go to area jewelry stores.

Kelly Monique Cherry, 29, Christopher Ingram, 32, Jermaine Phillipe Mack, 31, and
Winifred Devon Sweeney, 29, were charged with 13 counts of felony larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny.

Authorities say the suspects, who were employees in the UPS sorting department, worked together to steal the jewels from 13 packages addressed to Bailey's and Wade Designs in Rocky Mount.

In some cases, investigators say, someone sent an empty box on to be delivered. At other times, only a couple items were taken from the packages.

The alleged crimes date back to November 2005, police said. But investigators said they started an intense investigation after more reported thefts about four months ago. A long process of elimination led to the suspects, authorities said.

UPS is cooperating in investigation, which is ongoing. Police have not recovered any of the jewels.

Sweeney was released under $100,000 bond; the other suspects remain in jail, each under $100,000 bond. They all are expected to be back in court next month.

The four employees have not been officially terminated, but a sign was on the door of the UPS customer center Friday afternoon advertising for a new package handler.