UPS Employee Faces Felony Gun and Theft ChargesA 41-year-old employee of the United Parcel Service distribution center in Centralia has been charged with a Class 'X' felony for having possession of between six and ten guns he knew were stolen.
Michael Smith of North Krupp Lane in Centralia was also charged with felony theft of other packages from UPS. They allegedly contained vitamin supplements, shoes, cell phones and cell phone accessories. Bond was set at $50,000.
Smith was arrested after Centralia Police were called to the distribution center following an internal investigation by UPS. Smith had allegedly placed seven pairs of shoes in the trunk of his vehicle that were recovered. He later consented to a search of his home and a shed on his property where six guns and the other items were allegedly found.
Smith told the court he would hire his own attorney.
An 18-year-old Centralia man has been released on his own recognizance after being charged in court Thursday with misdemeanor theft. Brandon Goodiel of East Green Road is accused of taking miscellaneous tools, batteries, and machinery valued at less than $500 from the property of his neighbor, William Phillips, of Green Street Road.
Phillips caught the license plate of Goodiel's truck on a trail cam allegedly taking some of the items. The public defender was appointed to represent Goodiel.
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