Four people have been charged in connection with a major cargo theft scheme in Texas.
On September 8, 2022, Antonio Marcell Lewis, 41, Samuel Earl Lewis, 36, Aaron Lincoln, 43, and Ricka Smith, 37, were charged with conspiracy to commit theft on an interstate expedition.
According to a Press release of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, Antonio Lewis and Lincoln both worked as shipping and receiving employees for a department store distribution center in Corsicana. The pair allegedly stole fitness trackers and accessories destined for retail stores, unloading them from cargo trailers by full pallet and placing them near the facility’s loading docks.
Smith, a female truck driver, reportedly parked her vehicle near the loading docks, allowing Antonio Lewis and Lincoln to load fitness trackers onto her truck.
Authorities say Smith will later meet with Antonio Lewis and his brother Samuel Lewis to unload the trackers. The brothers would then sell the fitness trackers to unauthorized retailers.
The scheme reportedly took place over a four-month period, earning participants more than $425,000.
If convicted, each defendant faces up to five years in prison.
The investigation was led by the Dallas field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.