Delivery contractor stole 8,800 Amazon packages worth more than $274K, cops say
A delivery contractor stole more than 8,800 Amazon packages worth $274,000 from a warehouse in New Jersey, according to police.
Akeem M. Johnson, 38, of Bridgeton, was employed by third-party contractor Globus Express and was responsible for taking pallets of packages from an Amazon warehouse in Logan Township in Gloucester County, and delivering them to U.S. Postal Service facilities, according to details included in an affidavit of probable cause filed by Logan Township Police.
Amazon began investigating Johnson when a large number of packages were reported as not delivered.
In all, investigators identified 8,824 Amazon packages with a total value of $274,483 that never made it to their destinations, police said.
Johnson admitted to Amazon loss prevention officials in May that he committed the thefts beginning in November of last year “because of difficulty surviving during the COVID pandemic,” according to the affidavit.
He also admitted using someone else’s access card to enter the warehouse, where he was not permitted, though he refused to say how he got the card, police said.
He was charged in June with second-degree theft and fourth-degree forgery for misuse of the access card.
Johnson is scheduled to appear in court in September for a pre-indictment conference.
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