UPS worker accused of stealing phone from delivery package

UPS worker accused of stealing phone from delivery package
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A former UPS package handler is looking for a new job after Jonesboro police say he mishandled a customer's package.

Ragen Reed Ray, 37, of Jonesboro was cited with theft $1,000 or less-all others after investigators say he took a cell phone from a damaged box.

A loss prevention representative with UPS, 2921 Industrial Dr., told police that sometime within the last three weeks an Apple iPhone 6 was stolen from their facility and activated through the AT&T store.

One of two witnesses told officers he observed Ray pick up the phone after it had fallen out of an open box onto the conveyor belt.

Ray reportedly admitted he picked up the phone when it fell out of the box; but he said he put the phone back on the belt and "that was the last he saw of it," the initial incident report said.

When asked where he got his new phone, which the report stated "matches the missing phone exactly," Ray reportedly said he bought it from a coworker for $250.

The officer cited and released Ray with an Aug. 17 court date.

UPS then terminated Ray's employment and criminally banned him from the property, the report stated.

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