WALLINGFORD — A New Haven man faces charges after police said was involved in the theft of about $47,000 worth of merchandise from the Amazon sorting facility on Research Parkway.
Kenneth Tremble, 46, of 412 Shelton Ave., New Haven, was charged Friday 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, Ricky Ward, was suspected of stealing a pallet of merchandise on March 9, according to Tremble’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. Ward unloaded the pallet of items from the truck and police approached the men. Tremble told police he was just hired to drive the truck.
Police went to the storage facility in Hamden and learned Tremble had rented units. Police obtained search warrants for the units and found 2,884 items in and out of Amazon boxes. All the items, valued at $47,000, were seized by police.
Tremble was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Friday. Bond was set at $25,000 and he is due back in court on Aug. 3.
Ward was arrested on March 23 and charged with third-degree larceny. He is currently free on $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on July 9.