Cargo handler charged in theft

August 12, 2008 6:58:46 PM PDT
Federal agents have charged two men with stealing firearms from a New Jersey Federal Express facility where one of them worked and then selling them at public housing projects and on city streets. Investigators say 28-year-old Patrick Dolan of Keyport worked at a FedEx facility in Eatontown, where he allegedly stole 146 guns being shipped from a manufacturer in Argentina to an importer in New Jersey.

Authorities say Dolan enlisted the help of 32-year-old John Sozomenou of Aberdeen to sell the guns in Newark, East Orange and Jersey City, where residents tipped off police to the operation.

Both were charged Tuesday with conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms and face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

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