PD: Arrest made in Phoenix after 12 pallets of Amazon packages are stolen

Posted at 12:26 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 20:40:43-04

A Phoenix man is arrested after he reportedly assisted in stealing 12 pallets of Amazon products worth more than $40,000.

Phoenix police report that on June 19, they arrested 37-year-old Christopher Smith for theft of hundreds of Amazon packages from their sorting center near 75th Avenue and Van Buren Street. 

Police say over an 18-day period in May, an accomplice of Smith would steal pallets of Amazon packages from other driver's trucks and load them onto his truck, then transport them to a storage unit near 21st Avenue and Van Buren Street, that was controlled by Smith. 

A witness reportedly told police of a large quantity of Amazon packages being stored at the unit and provided police with photos of a pallet jack and a shipping label. 

Police say the pallet jack had markings on it showing it belonged to Amazon. 

Amazon investigators confirmed from the shipping label that not only was the package stolen but the entire pallet of packages. 

Police raided the storage locker and reportedly found nearly 500 packages on 12 pallets, worth about $42,000.

Investigators say about 100 packages were ripped open and the products were missing. 

Smith has been charged with theft.