By Sandra Rose  | 

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A theft ring operating out of Seattle, Washington was busted by federal agents after Amazon lost $10 million worth of stolen goods over a 6-year period.

According to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Associated Press, 2 storefront businesses posing as pawn shops purchased stolen goods from shoplifters, then shipped the items to Amazon to be sold online.

No arrests have been made yet, but the feds raided the home of the alleged ringleader, Aleksandr Pavlovskiy, 44, of Auburn.

Among the accomplices who sold stolen merchandise to the fake pawn shops were 2 Amazon contract drivers.

Their job was to travel to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, pick up items being returned to the company and then bring them to an Amazon warehouse south of Seattle, for re-stocking and shipping. Instead, they stole the goods and sold them to the pawn shops, according to the documents.

The investigation began last summer when authorities reviewed a list of pawn shop transactions and noticed one person made 57 transactions. That person was identified as one of the Amazon drivers.

Police arrested that driver, but later released him, probably so he could turn informant and help the feds bust the theft ring.

The suspect and the other Amazon driver, Abbas Zghair, were roommates according to the affidavit.

Amazon told investigators that Zghair stole about $100,000 worth of property, including gaming systems, sporting goods and computer products — items he sold to one of the pawn shops for less than $20,000, the agent wrote.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Where their pics at?

  • iWasteTime

    Aleksandr Pavlovskiy
    I know he did it

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • WhoKnew

    Reminds me of an article I read a few days ago that said military personnel were involved in human trafficking. I thought to myself ain't that the pot calling the kettle black. Here you work for the federal government probably trafficking the same people that the federal government is trying to build a wall to keep out of this country. SMDH

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Those pychos been doing that shyt ... and they doing more than trafficking .... they also torturing folks behind da scenes ..... and it grotesque .... don't get me started bout the military .... they are some of the main fools

  • KLo

    stop posting lies, granny . Amazon had nothing to do with this

  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Amazon has the most liberal return or damage claim policies in the world. Makes you rethink the fool and his money being parted adage. Jeff Bezos took a haircut in his divorce settlement but apparently not with his operating practices.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Trying to get that fast money will get you prison time eventually. I'm glad that growing up I was always too scared of prison to be out there scheming and committing crimes. I hope to God I never see the inside of a jail cell. I love my freedom too much.

  • Miss Thang

    Federal agents should be looking for the missing children. I’m sorry but Amazon can eat that $10 mil. It’s chump change for them. Not saying theft is right. But we need to reset our priorities as far as crime.

  • Renee26

    Lock their asses up and prosecute to the fullest extent

  • Renee26

    Right ...Guilty!!

  • Renee26

    Their mayo complexion is protected

  • SpiceGirl

    6 year period? Well dang....SOMEBODY has been sleeping on THIER job!

  • Ghetto Real Name

    All of this sounds intricate and complicated as HELL for: items he sold to one of the pawn shops for less than $20,000, the agent wrote.

  • SaltineCrackers

    We know white ppl love to steal.

  • J2PC

    Trying to deflect much? Do you not realize that Federal Agents are broken into various task force & staffed accordingly? That means that another group within the force are tasked with missing children & exploitation thereof.

    In this case, grand theft via organized ring of crime are investigated by a different group.

    Such a multi-tasked force allows for all of those different investigations to happen simultaneously.

  • J2PC

    Amen to that!! Doing dirt creates bad Karma. It's only a matter of time before their day of reckoning happens.

    A fast-money (thieving or drug scheme) usually leads to jails & prisons, if not death. Some folks don't know how live to be free. They only know how to behave their way back into enslavement via incarceration. lol

  • angrysolo

    bingo! this company should have insurance and their own investigative staff (to detect/deter) not WASTE government issues.. investigate and file a police report like the rest

  • angrysolo

    i agree wholeheartedly. thing is, folks are HURTING so for a lot it’s the jail house or the poor house. with wages not being livable and people having to take on side jobs in this gig economy we’re in... fast money looks more and more appealing
    desperate times call for desperate measures.

    work ain’t honest but it pays the bills

  • Kanyade

    This reminds me of hearing of groups of folks (usually YT) involved in gas pump, card-swipe scams. It be a whole league of folks "on the inside", stealing and going on. I don't trust "pay at the pump". I don't even trust that little "security" tag/sticker across the card swipe saying it's been inspected, because of theft-rings like this.

  • J2PC

    Not true. Amazon is as successful as Walmart who has a good customer service policy. That establishes trust & repeated buying customers.

    Other who have done the opposite of those leading retailers with poor customer service on return received numerous complaints and eventually folding under (bankrupt).

    Whereas, they are the fools who ended up defunct companies departing from their $$$. Amazon are tied to various private 3rd party companies who end eating the cost for their shoddy product.

    Amazon mostly reimburse customers upfront like Walmart because they have staff who will seek reimbursement from those other companies who sold them or their customers defected or shoddy products. -some people don't realize that.

  • 11pink123

    where all the people thats bout to act like they aint never stole nothing before?

    Seem like everyone on this site is all perfect, all got dregrees, high credit scores, never been in a fight or stolen anything. Where yall at?

  • 11pink123

    heres 1???? where the rest of yall at?

  • KarmaBackAround

    Chileeee it be so much funny business going on with amazon.. ive had several incidents where im notified that my package deliverer is on my street with my package but then i never get it and have to call n request a refund.. AND sometimes it'll be 5.99 random amazon charges on my account but then its credited back..

  • J2PC

    Those are individuals off the streets wanting a job in gov't but ended showing their true colors by reflecting their own lack of quality in character.

    A uniform or gov't job does not erase flawed character.

    As long as uniform wearers passed the military exams & have no prior serious legal offense they are accepted until proven themselves to be somebody different by committing crimes.

    A job interviewer really don't know who people are until they show their true colors.

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  • ~~eb

    It's been three years since I have had Amazon Prime. I'm good.

  • J2PC

    Commenters angry that The Feds spent a year on a sting that investigates an organized ring crime of grand theft to steal from Amazon are just mad & trying to deflect because it means that they (and others) are at risk of being found out for stealing too. ???

  • WhoKnew

    Me too. Love our Prime. And you can schedule deliveries for when you know you're going to be home with Prime. We've had two packages lifted this year so since then we schedule deliveries for when we know we're going to be home.

  • WhoKnew

    "Trying to get that fast money will get you prison time eventually. I'm glad that growing up I was always too scared of prison to be out there scheming and committing crimes. I hope to God I never see the inside of a jail cell. I love my freedom too much".


  • J2PC

    Those crooked Amazon delivers make false reporting where they'll scan it at a different location to claim it's been dropped off or delivered.

    Others try to overcome their GPS tracking by dropping off drop off the packages, scan the barcode & take a pic it at the person's home for proof. Then, they park their vehicle, turn off the phone & walk back.

    Many Amazon delivery thieves are too stupid to realize that hidden cameras & satellite tracking will catch up to them sooner or later. Others packages are stings with a tracking devices to finally narrow down their den of thieves for a Gotcha! -gotta love it!! lol

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  • WhoKnew

    It kind of shocked me. I'm like am I reading this write? You are in the military and doing this? The article said they showed up on the job and arrested all 16 of them on the spot.

  • J2PC

    Thieves come in every ethnicities across the planet. There is no specific skin color when it comes to those who are twisted; thieves, pedophiles, arsonists, manipulators, exploiters, murderers, etc.

  • Russiancreme

    ?? FBI yall

  • KarmaBackAround

    ??..absolutely....with all of todays technology u have to be a dumb ass to still try ur hand!

  • J2PC

    Organized crime of thieves (grand theft, gamblers, gangs & mobs) always go to the federal level of investigation. That law have always been on the books.

    Amazon's investigators did file a police report who probably sent that investigation to a higher level [aka federal level of policing]. Now, it's onto those criminals doing serious time.

    Those thieves played themselves as all of their ill-gotten quick $$$ and crooked pawn shops tied to stolen goods will be found & confiscated. Nothing to show for wasting years of their life stealing other folks belongings.

  • Cricket404

    What's sad is that this went on for so long, Amazon works on a trust system. I'm new to Logistics, I have worked with Amazon for 3 years as a last mile independent courier- Delivery Service Partner. On my end, this would have been flagged after the second package didn't reach it's destination. They saw a loophole and used it to their advantage. I have other issues with foreigners in this business, they run circles around do-good, follow the rules Americans. Name of accused sounds Russian, I hear they are the ones with the big contracts outside of retired military personnel.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Im not even gonna act surprised

  • Mo Laughz

    Same shite different toilet.. Ups drivers been doing this for years.. When you arrive to work it's like going through TSA

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  • onelove

    oh my

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I know a pyschpath first hand that's in military .... a fool and know about many others ..... a lot of them are reptilian or some other kind of demon .... they are sick ... and will try kill you and want bat a damn eye .... this is why I refuse to let any of my neices and nephew go there ..... the ones that are human are brainwashed to help do the shyt ... shyt is sick .... how they get ya ... those benefits etc ...... all to suck ya in ...... military is BS .... and I do blame them for a lot of what is going on in this world ..... if folks knew half of the shyt that goes down ..... even cults are in military ..... hell it is one imo .......

  • Miss Thang

    Get more agents into finding our missing and exploited children. Thank you.

  • Junkanoo

    Amazon doesn't even pay it's fair share in taxes they deserve to be robbed blind.

  • luVn_liFe…

    slow money is SURE money!

  • Logan Roberts

    Don't forget never been dumb for a man, never had their heart broken.

  • Logan Roberts

    Welp, Jeff and his spicy mistress can afford it.

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  • Lady_Elle

    I received my package & another for someone in the adjoining neighborhood.

    The first 4 numbers of our addresses were the same.

    I guess there are a few mistakes... They didn't know I had the package.

  • Sonya Jackson

    Lol you almost made me fall out of my chair with your response?

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  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Chile ?

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Same here. I got deliveries twice for similar address a block over. Each time I drove over and put it on their porch. Rang the doorbell but no one ever came. Told one of their neighbors to tell them.