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 user 2008-10-16 at 11:18:08 am Views: 60
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    Office Depot delivery man accused of stealing large stash of supplies
    TRACY — Investigators on Friday arrested a Tracy man suspected of stealing more than $15,000 in office supplies he was supposed to have been delivering.
    Martin Felix, 20, of Tracy, was arrested on suspicion of stolen property and grand theft charges while making deliveries in Stockton.Police discovered the stash in a storage unit registered to his name, pulling out dozens of boxes marked “Office Depot,” Tracy police Detective Keith Hooks said.Felix was booked into San Joaquin County Jail and is expected to appear in court early next week.

    Hooks said authorities found between $12,000 and $15,000 worth of stolen merchandise from Office Depot between two sites associated with Felix.”There is tons of stuff,” Hooks said. “We’re still in the process of adding it up. It was a good arrest. All our resources worked together to take a suspected criminal off the street.”Hooks said there is a possibility Felix could face embezzlement charges as well.

    On Monday, Tracy Police were alerted to large quantities of merchandise missing from an Office Depot distribution warehouse, 1820 N. MacArthur Drive. Investigators said Felix works for a company that contracts with Office Depot to deliver orders.

    Items loaded onto Felix’s truck were scanned and counted, but they weren’t arriving at their intended destinations, Hooks said.Hooks said he began searching storage facilities in town and found Felix had rented a spaceat Extra Storage Space, 780 E. 11th St.After obtaining a search warrant, investigators opened the storage space and found boxes full of batteries, optical mouses, printer ink cartridges and photo paper, many in boxes marked with the red Office Depot logo, Hooks said.There’s evidence Felix visited the storage space several times in his van, which displays Office Depot’s logo, Hooks said.

    Officials from Office Depot declined to comment.
    While looking for Felix, Hooks said police searched Felix’s home on the 200 block of West Lowell Avenue.There, he said, police found more boxes labeled “Office Depot.”