UPS employee arrested in organized theft ring

Peter Garnica was employee at freight facility

SAN ANTONIO – A man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with an organized theft ring at a UPS sorting facility.

Detectives arrested Peter Garnica, who they said was an employee at the UPS freight facility on Northeast Loop 410.

Police officials said Garnica and several other employees at the facility are accused of stealing cargo worth $100,000 to $200,000.

Most of the stolen items were packaged but Sgt. Val Garcia of the San Antonio Police Department said detectives could see some of what was in the boxes before they opened them.

"The items are packaged, they're freight, so they come in large pallets," Garcia said. "So some of it can be seen, including like large electronics, TVs, iPhones, things of that nature, purses, designer items, so some of it can be seen."

Garcia said more people may be arrested.

Garnica's arrest comes on the heels of three arrests in October related to the case.

Police said Juan Betancourt and Michael Rozier, both UPS workers, and a third unidentified man took property by the pallets and sold them to a man named James Cross.

Police said Cross, who was also arrested, operated a booth at a flea market where he would sell the stolen items, which were believed to be worth $1 million.

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