Man found guilty of stealing hundreds of Victoria's Secret packages

Coby Richardson
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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man accused of stealing hundreds of Victoria's Secret packages and trying to sell the merchandise was found guilty at trial.

The jury deliberated for less than an hour Tuesday before reaching the guilty verdict.

Coby Richardson, 48, was convicted of dealing in stolen property. Court records show two women accused of helping him try to sell the items online testified against him.

A sentencing date has not been set.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man accused of stealing hundreds of Victoria's Secret packages and then trying to sell them is now on trial.

Coby Richardson was arrested last year, accused of stealing the packages from the delivery service where he worked.

Court records show Richardson admitted to stealing about 400 pieces of mail starting in 2017, but prosecutors contend the number of stolen packages tops 900. Richardson told investigators “he was in a bind” because his lights had been shut off and “bills needed to be paid.”

His girlfriend and co-worker, Quinessia Jackson, was also arrested, accused of dealing in stolen property. Court records say she helped to sell the items on Facebook.

Jackson entered a no contest plea to dealing in stolen property charges last week. She was sentenced to five years probation, but adjudication was withheld, meaning she could be spared a felony record. As part of the plea deal, court records say, she has to testify against Richardson at trial. Jackson also must pay more than $40,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say charges against a third person are still pending.


By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has arrested two people after online packages from Victoria's Secret were stolen and being resold elsewhere online.

According to police reports, TPD received an online report regarding package thefts that had been occurring since the end of November 2017. TPD says the national investigating manager for Newgistics, who filed the online report, said they noticed a loss trending in Tallahassee regarding Victoria's Secret delivery packages.

Officials say that manager partnered with a regional loss manager to conduct an investigation, and found a Facebook profile what had postings of Victoria's Secret product for sale, dated December 16, 2017. According to the investigating managers, the photos along with the postings, featured large Victoria's Secret bags with large bar codes printed, both of which customers don't receive and are strictly for logistical use only.

Police say a further investigation into the Facebook profile led to finding two names, 29-year-old Quinessia Jackson and 47-year-old Coby Richardson, who both worked for the company the packages were reported missing with. Officials also say most of the lost product had been assigned to Jackson and Richardson to sort prior to scheduled delivery to customers.

TPD say they attempted to contact the person who had the listings up on Facebook, but was unsuccessful in speaking with them.

Authorities say they received an email from one of the investigating managers who informed TPD that Richardson had given a confession that he was involved with the theft, and detailed the involvement of two other people, including Jackson and the person who had listed the items on Facebook.

TPD say they made contact with Richardson, who agreed to meet with officers at his residence. They say Richardson confirmed what the previous investigator told police, and mentioned he and Jackson were engaged.

According to police documents, Richardson told officers he stole the packages because he was "in a bind," and "needed some help," and that their "bills needed to be paid."

Richardson has been charged with grand theft of more than $20,000 and dealing in stolen property.

Jackson has been charged with dealing in stolen property.

Officials say the reported loss of product assigned to Jackson and Richardson between November 29, 2017 and March 1, 2018 was $21,912.69.



 
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