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Shipping workers charged with stealing electronics

Posted September 18, 2008 12:43 p.m. EDT
Updated September 18, 2008 4:05 p.m. EDT

— Authorities have charged three employees of a shipping company with stealing electronics bound for area retailers and reselling the goods on eBay.

Carl Vincent Nichols, 42, of 283 Van Galloway Trail in Winnabow, Danny Edward Parker, 57, of 69 Richardson Road in Bladenboro, and Cora Lynn Kelley, 41, of 6140 Roebud Road in Stedman, are each charged with felony larceny by employee, felony possession of stolen goods and felony conspiracy.

The trio worked for Averitt Express and investigators said they stole computers, flat-screen televisions, MP3 players and XBox video game systems, as well as compressors and a riding lawn mower, from boxes that were to be delivered to retail stores. More than $100,000 in goods was stolen, authorities said.

Some items were recovered from a Stedman home, and investigators said other goods had been put up for sale on eBay.

The FBI has been called in to assist with the investigation.