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Shuwana Horne (Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

Shuwana Horne (Source: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Plantation Key woman who works in a United Parcel Service warehouse in Islamorada was arrested after Monroe County Sheriff’s detectives reportedly found she was stealing customer packages.

The manager of the warehouse called the sheriff’s office on December 10th after he discovered an Apple iPad and iPhone were missing. He said both items arrived at the warehouse and were placed on a truck for delivery. They were then returned to the warehouse and never delivered. They subsequently went missing and could not be found. He told the detectives he suspected he had an employee who was stealing the items.

As detectives were setting up an undercover operation to catch the thief, another employee reportedly told his supervisor he saw employee Shuwana Horne open a package meant for a customer. There were cookies inside, which she then allegedly shared with staff at the warehouse, telling them she’d purchased the cookies earlier in the day. The supervisor found the cookie box in a trash can, empty.

Further investigation revealed the suspect had changed the package’s delivery status to “receiver moved, not delivered/returned to shipper” in the UPS computer system.

Detectives went to Horne’s residence, where they confronted her. She admitted to opening the package of cookies and also admitted to stealing the iPpad which she said she sold to someone at the Collier County Casino for $250.00, according to the sheriff’s office. She however denied stealing the iPhone.

Horne was arrested. She was charged with Grand theft, theft and one count of Offenses against Intellectual Property.

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