FedEx driver accused of stealing shipments of cellphones

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Ashleigh Barry

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 27 at 4:39 PM

PHOENIX -- A FedEx driver is accused of stealing packages instead of delivering them.

Tarley Seezee Jellow, 34, faces theft and trafficking in stolen property charges.

Phoenix police said Jellow stole more than $27,000 worth of new cellphones.

He allegedly began taking packages from the shipping facility near 43rd Avenue and Indian School Road in June.

According to court documents, Jellow would swipe the packages off a conveyor belt before they got to their designated trucks and place them in the back of his truck. Investigators said he would then meet with an unknown accomplice who would pay him for the stolen packages.

Police said Jellow took nine packages on seven different occasions. He reportedly focused on taking packages with pink Verizon shipping labels because he knew there was a chance they contained high-dollar cellphones, according to the documents.

Jellow has been with FedEx for eight years. He told police he recently had fallen behind on child support payments, which caused him to start taking packages, court records show. He reportedly also admitted to selling the packages.

Jellow was arrested at the shipping facility on Saturday. He has since been released on his own recognizance.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12.

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