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New arrest in Berks FedEx cellphone theft ring case

A Reading man has been charged with being part of a cellphone theft ring that for two years operated out of the FedEx Ground facility in Bern Township, according to investigators.

Kervin Laboy-Perez, 23, of the 300 block of Locust Street was arraigned Monday before Berks County District Judge F. Richard Drumheller on 37 counts of receiving stolen property. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

Information on his arrest was not immediately available.

Laboy-Perez is one of 13 people — including several FedEx employees — accused of being involved in a scheme to steal and resell cellphones.

According to Bern police:

Employees at the FedEx Ground facility for two years were stealing packages containing cellphones. Those packages belonged to ecoATM, a cellphone recycling company that uses FedEx to ship phones collected from its kiosks in Berks and elsewhere.

EcoATM purchases used cellphones for refurbishing and resale. The company has more than 5,000 kiosks nationwide. Customers are provided instant cash when they deposit a cellphone into one of ecoATM’s kiosks.

Employees of the shipping company were stealing packages containing phones that had been deposited in kiosks, and then they, along with some non-FedEx employees, would redeposit them into the kiosks and receive cash.

In all, the scheme is estimated to have cost ecoATM more than $40,000.

Laboy-Perez, who was not a FedEx employee, is accused of depositing 21 stolen phones into ecoATM kiosks, receiving a total of $817.

Source: Berkshire mont

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