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UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm •  Published: July 25, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California UPS delivery driver was arrested Friday for stealing dozens of shipped guns that were sold on the black market, federal prosecutors said.

Curtis Hays, 36, of Rancho Cucamonga, was taken into custody on a federal indictment filed Wednesday in federal court in Riverside.

A call to his attorney, Carlos Juarez, was not immediately returned.

In 2012, the delivery driver allegedly stole packages containing 72 weapons at the UPS shipping hub in Ontario, east of Los Angeles, according to the indictment.

The guns were bound for a Turner's Outdoorsman sporting goods store in Rancho Cucamonga and included .22-caliber rifles, .12-gauge shotguns and .22-caliber and .45-caliber pistols, authorities contended.

He also allegedly stole more than $7,000 worth of jewelry and some cellphones, prosecutors alleged.

Hays passed the guns on to a Moreno Valley man who sold them illegally, the indictment contended.

Some of the guns have been recovered, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

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