Bogus FedEx driver stole $107,738 value of telephones from Verizon, cops say


Romell Funches | CPD; Ebay

Issues simply obtained actual for Romell Funches, the person who prosecutors in January accused of posing as a FedEx driver to steal mobile phone shipments from a Verizon retailer within the Loop.

Funches was again in bond court docket on Sunday to listen to prosecutors accuse him of committing 17 extra thefts from Verizon utilizing the identical ruse — a ruse that allegedly netted him $107,738 value of stolen telephones and equipment.

On January 10, cops arrested Funches after he allegedly dressed as a FedEx worker to steal a telephone cargo from Verizon’s retailer at 205 North Michigan. In keeping with court docket paperwork, the pick-up was a entice set by company safety officers from Verizon and FedEx.

Prosecutors say Funches used to work for FedEx, and he stored uniform components after he left the corporate. He was sporting a FedEx uniform jacket, FedEx uniform pants, and a FedEx baseball hat once they arrested him in January.

The state charged him with felony housebreaking and felony theft final winter. He went dwelling by posting a $500 deposit bond.

However investigators continued to look right into a collection of comparable thefts from three Verizon shops between October 23, 2019, and the day he was arrested in January. Their efforts culminated with the submitting of 17 extra felonies Sunday.

The crimes have been captured on surveillance video, and Verizon workers recognized Funches because the thief, in accordance with prosecutors.

After listening to the state’s allegations, Decide John Lyke informed Funches, “you might be barred from each Verizon retailer within the state of Illinois.

After listening to the state’s allegations, Decide John Lyke informed Funches, “you might be barred from each Verizon retailer within the state of Illinois.”

The choose then set bail at $107,738 — the worth of the merchandise he’s accused of stealing. Funches should publish a 10% deposit bond to get out of jail earlier than trial.

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