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UPS driver charged with stealing jewelry and precious metals

INDIANAPOLIS — Criminal fees had been submitted this week from an personnel at UPS accused of thieving in excess of $100,000 in jewellery and other worthwhile metals.

The circumstance started when a supervisor at the UPS Distribution Middle on 86th Avenue noticed an personnel allegedly thieving shipping packing containers beginning in September. IMPD was then asked to investigate top to the suspect getting arrested.

At the finish of his late-night shift, law enforcement assert a UPS truck driver would repeatedly enter high-benefit trailers and steal containers of highly-priced jewellery.

Photograph of a stolen ring, later on recovered

“He realized what to glimpse for and he would seize the packages he preferred and choose them out of the facility,” claimed IMPD Detective Keith Hartman.

Detective Hartman with IMPD’s Legal Interdiction Part says the suspect would then pawn the stolen products both at an trade company in Greenwood or he’d go on the net and promote them to a jewelry retail store in Florida.

“I never know if there was a negotiation of cost, but they would figure out the value and send out him back again a qualified verify,” mentioned Hartman.

Court information explain how detective Hartman aided set up a sting procedure and caught 40-calendar year-old Dennis Butterfield in the act, thieving bins from UPS previous 7 days.

In addition to theft, Butterfield is also going through two drug-linked prices for allegedly possessing products without a prescription.

Police scheduling image of Dennis Butterfield

“A ton of this jewellery was for mend so it’s not just the monetary benefit. The sentimental value can be greater. So I’m happy some of these victims are getting their possessions back again,” explained Hartman.

In truth, police think Butterfield stole all over $140,00 in objects. Some ended up recovered, but a lot of parts nonetheless keep on being lacking.

“I’ve hardly ever completed a jewellery case till this one particular,” admits Hartman.

While the jewelry bust is unusual, Hartman hopes it sends a simple information to would-be intruders everywhere you go.

“You in no way know who’s seeing you,” mentioned Hartman. 

Butterfield was able to article a modest hard cash bond and was produced from jail pending trial.

He’s owing in court for an original listening to next month.