WALLINGFORD — A second man has been charged for his alleged role in a scheme to steal more than $47,000 worth of merchandise from the Amazon facility on Research Parkway.
Rickey Ward, 40, of 92 Hubinger St., New Haven, was charged Monday with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first degree larceny. Ward was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday and was released on a promise to appear in court on Aug. 7.
On June 29, Kenneth Tremble, 46, of 412 Shelton Ave., New Haven, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny.
On March 22, a loss prevention manager for Amazon reported a large amount of merchandise missing from the sorting facility at 29 Research Parkway. The employee told police Amazon hires third party companies to deliver items to post offices, and a driver for one of the companies, identified as Ward, was suspected of stealing a pallet of merchandise on March 9, according to Ward’s arrest warrant.
On March 23, police set up surveillance on a truck after Ward picked up another pallet from Amazon. Officers followed Ward to an address in New Haven that was not on his delivery route, the warrant said. Ward got out of the truck and another man, later identified as Tremble, got into the truck and drove through New Haven and Hamden.
Police observed Tremble stopped at a storage facility in Hamden before driving back to New Haven and meeting up with Ward, the warrant said. Police obtained search warrants for storage units Tremble had rented and found 2,884 items valued at $47,000.