Sheriff's Office Uncovers Major Theft Ring

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Sheriff Jeff Easter says the ring has been operating in Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas.

Dewaun Stanford (courtesy Kansas Department of Corrections.)

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A special Sheriff's unit stopped a 34-year-old man for a traffic violation, only to find stolen iPads, iPods and cell phones, all from Texas.

The sheriff's office is working with four different states on what could be a huge bust, after the sheriff's interdiction unit made a simple traffic stop on the Kansas Turnpike.

It began September 13 on the Kansas Turnpike over the Lincoln Street bridge. A special sheriff's unit assigned to Sedgwick County highways to stop human and drug trafficking, pulled over a rental car.

34-year-old Dewaun Stanford of Wichita and a woman were inside.

"When they started talking to them, their stories were not the same." said Sheriff Jeff Easter.

Inside the car, deputies found 8 iPads, 11 iPad minis, 14 iPods and 8 Samsung Galaxy phones inside of a briefcase. Deputies soon learned those electronics had been stolen from an Arlington, Texas Walmart earlier that morning.

Sheriff Easter says the theft appears to be part of a larger ring that has been operating for the past several months in Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and Missouri. Two other suspects have been identified.

Stanford had just been released from prison in January and has a criminal record for Burglary, theft and robbery that dates back to 1998. He was taken into custody for possession of stolen property and theft. Stanford has not ben charged yet and is out of jail on bond.

The woman in the car was not arrested.

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