Fourth UPS employee arrested in large-scale theft ring in San Antonio

A fourth UPS employee accused of stealing more than $100,000 worth of tablet computers from a Northeast Side shipping facility as part of a theft ring was arrested Wednesday morning.
Peter Garnica, 31, faces a charge of cargo theft between $100,000 and $200,000 as well as engaging in organized criminal activity, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

In one round of alleged theft, Garnica stole a cargo load of 140 Surface Pro 3 tablets valued at $132,094.62 from the freight shipping facility located at 4111 NE Loop 410. He sold the cargo to a buyer for $30,000, according to an affidavit.

Garnica’s access to the cargo because of his job allowed him to load the shipment onto a different truck, according to the affidavit.

Detectives said Garnica later stole $7,000 more worth of Surface Pro 3 tablets while working alongside three others, two of whom were co-workers at the facility.

One affidavit notes the thefts occurred from December 2014 to June 2015.

Collaborative efforts from SAPD and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office led to the October arrests of three others identified by police as UPS employees. Juan Betancourt, Michael Rozier and James Cross were charged with engaging in organized crime, according to SAPD.

SAPD spokesman Officer Douglas Greene described the theft ring as a fencing operation, in which goods are stolen from various businesses around the city and county and resold to consumers.

Items recovered include contraceptive pills, perfume, electronics, vacuums, Spurs memorabilia and much more. Greene said the locations where the stolen good were held looked like Amazon warehouses that were packed with stolen goods and well organized.

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