FedEx employees charged after allegedly stealing nearly $50k worth of packages

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Some FedEx employees are facing theft charges after police say they stole nearly $50,000 worth of items from packages that were being shipped.

Police say the packages, taken from the FedEx hub in Hutchins, contained a total of 94 cellphones and an Apple Watch.

According to an arrest warrant, Wade Hal, 58, and Larry Poole, 47, paid a manager and security guard to look the other way as they took items from packages and stuffed them into backpacks.

Officers were called last week after a manager said he wanted to monitor employees he suspected of stealing.

Hal and Poole have been charged with theft of property, a third-degree felony. The two plus the manager and security guard have all been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.