2 FedEx employees accused of stealing 20 smartphones from shipping box in South Windsor

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SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — Two employees at the South Windsor FedEx distribution center allegedly stole 20 smartphones from a shipping box, police said.

South Windsor Police arrested 18-year-old Simon M. Muriithi of South Windsor and 19-year-old Tyshawn Thomas of East Hartford on Tuesday after FedEx security caught the men stealing smartphones from a shipping box on a conveyor belt at the distribution center on Kennedy Road.

Twenty phones were taken, totaling approximately $8,000, according to police.

In a statement, FedEx Ground said they do “not tolerate illegal activity of any kind and has taken swift action to address this matter. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement during their investigation.”

News 8 spoke to a security expert who said stealing iPhones is a lost cause anyway. FedEx and UPS have incredible security systems and track the packages from start to finish. iPhones are also immediately traceable as soon as they are turned on.

“Those are all serialized so by the time you figure out that you want to somehow activate the phones, Apple already knows they are stolen, and the person hasn’t gotten it. So I don’t quite understand where they’re going with it,” said retired law enforcement member Stephen Estes.

As the delivery services are ramping up for the holidays, so are the porch pirates. Estes said it’s getting so bad that thieves are now following the delivery trucks on their route, picking up the packages as they are dropped off.

As you watch this UPS driver drop off a package, you can see that he has a computer in his hand and is getting it, and that way they know it has been delivered. From there it is your responsibility to figure out how to keep it safe.

Mr. Donahue of South Windsor said, “What do you do? I pick it up off the porch immediately or a neighbor will get it for me if they’re home and I’m not.”

He has a tip for residents: “Ask them to put the package around back so it’s out of those eyes or put something up to block the view. If they can’t see it, and they don’t know it’s there.”

Muriithi and Thomas were released on $5,000 non-surety bonds and are due back in Manchester Superior Court on Nov. 3.

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