Amazon Drivers Were Involved in Major Theft Ring
In Washington state theft ring sold millions of dollars’ worth of stolen items on Amazon in the past 6 years, and a pair of contract Amazon delivery drivers had been concerned, lately unsealed federal court documents show.
In keeping with a search warrant affidavit unsealed in U.S. District Court in Seattle and reviewed by The Related Press, two storefront companies posing as pawnshops purchased the products from shoplifters, then had the items delivered to Amazon warehouses, where they had been stored until sold online.
Entities related to the alleged ringleader did at least 10 million USD in sales on Amazon since 2013, FBI agent Kroshinsky wrote in her affidavit.
No charges have been filed yet, although investigators have raided the pawnshops and the home of the person identified as the ringleader, Aleksandr Pavlovskiy, 44, of Auburn. A person who answered the door at one of the shops Wednesday recognized himself as Alex and informed The Press his business was legitimate, that he saved good records and he shouldn’t be in any hassle.
Among those that supplied stolen items to the pawnshops had been two contract Amazon drivers, Kroshinsky stated. Their job was to travel to Seattle-Tacoma Airport, choose up items being returned to the corporate and then carry them to an Amazon warehouse south of Seattle, and to ship items to post offices for transport. Instead, they routinely stole the products and sold them to the pawnshops, she wrote.