Computers and personal electronics are some of the most highly targeted items for burglaries each year due to their popularity, small size, and high price. Companies that distribute electronics goods such as BestBuy or Amazon take huge precautionary measures to make sure that none of their employees steal their products. This didn’t stop an Amazon warehouse worker from stealing nearly $160,000 worth of goods.
Todd Anthony Cofield, Jr. was working at an Amazon distribution center in Cayce, South Carolina and decided that he wanted to start stealing some of the company’s tech items. Between April 20 and May 31, Cofield allegedly stole 726 iPod touches and 49 HP laptops. Cofield would falsify documents relating to the unloading of freight trucks to cover up his actions, but security guards from FedEx Freight and Amazon were able to tell some items were stolen and reported it to the police.
Cofield turned himself into the authorities last Thursday and is facing charges of grand larceny. Stealing electronics can be very difficult these days as witnessed by the man who was caught stealing nearly $350,000 in electronics after a boy tracked him down using the Find my iPhone service. It seems as though technology is beginning to outsmart normal thieves. If you ever lose your device, have some hope as there are plenty of ways to track it down.