- Claire Osborn American-Statesman Staff
A former UPS employee broke into a UPS truck and stole packages containing cell phones in the Austin area, an arrest affidavit said.
Sean Hood, 34, of Pflugerville, was charged with theft, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail. He also was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
A UPS loss prevention investigator said Hood was a former employee who had been breaking into UPS trucks and posing as a UPS delivery driver to steal packages from cell phone stores across Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock and Georgetown, the affidavit said.
Police were alerted Jan. 18 after the loss prevention official investigating the thefts said he saw a car appearing to have several stolen UPS packages in plain view inside of it parked outside the Colonial Grand Apartments at 1800 Plateau Vista in Round Rock, the affidavit said.
It said officers stopped the car, driven by Hood, a short time later in a parking lot at 1301 AW Grimes Blvd. Police found nine stolen UPS packages inside the car containing cell phones and electronics equipment, according to the affidavit.
The stolen items found in his truck, which were from Round Rock, Georgetown and Austin, were worth $4,405.78, the affidavit said.
It said officers also found heroin inside the car.
Hood was being held Tuesday at the Williamson County Jail with bail set at $115,000.