A UPS employee will be arraigned Thursday on a theft charge after several stolen items from UPS packages were found inside his car and at his home, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.
Mark Ashley McClanahan, 31, of Pinson, has been charged with theft of property over $10,000 and will appear, via video link, before Jackson City Court Judge Blake Anderson on Thursday morning for his arraignment.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-14-103, “a person commits theft of property if, with intent to deprive the owner of property, the person knowingly obtains or exercises control over the property without the owner's effective consent.”
Police said UPS informed investigators that they believed McClanahan was stealing UPS packages as he loaded trucks at their Jackson facility. He was also believed to be concentrating specifically on packages, which contained returned power tools from customers, being delivered to Black & Decker.
Investigators with the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit pulled McClanahan over as he left the UPS facility Tuesday and discovered stolen tools, valued over $1,000, inside his vehicle. They also learned that he might have been stockpiling other stolen items at his McAbee Road residence. Over $10,000 worth of stolen items were discovered by investigators during their search of the residence.
McClanahan was arrested and taken into custody .
Police said as the investigation into the theft s continue, investigators are trying to find out the total amount of property that was taken from the UPS facility and where the items were being transferred to.
Anyone with information about this and any other crime is asked to contact the General Investigations Bureau at the Jackson Police Department at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-TIPS (8477) or online at www.424tips.org.