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Felony theft charge filed against UPS contractor; 168 packages stolen

(County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A Rozet man has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing more than 100 packages from a shipping service, stating he “just did it to feel alive,” Campbell County court records state. 

Larry M. Munday, 53, is charged with felony theft with intent to deprive, with prosecutors alleging he stole 168 packages from a Highway 50 UPS facility over two weeks, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. 

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the thefts on June 10 after a Sturgis, South Dakota, business reported a recent firearm suppressor shipment, valued at $2,500, had not arrived at its intended recipient in Gillette. The package was returned to the UPS facility after a failed delivery attempt on June 3 and when the recipient went to retrieve it on June 6, it was missing, the affidavit states. 

On June 11, a Gillette orthopedics office called the sheriff’s office to report four UPS packages, valued at $800, were not delivered and were missing from the UPS facility, per the affidavit. 

When contacted on June 12, UPS management told sheriff’s office investigators it was normal for some packages to go missing; however, suspicions were raised after one hundred packages were recorded missing from the facility over two weeks. All the missing packages were stored in the same delivery car and were taken at night, according to the affidavit. 

UPS managers told investigators the suspect may be a contracted employee assigned to the evening shift. Staff identified two cleaners and a mechanic who worked within the identified time frame, the affidavit states, one of whom was Munday. 

Sheriff’s office investigators assisted a UPS investigator in setting up live-feed cameras around the UPS facility. With assistance from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, investigators observed the comings and goings near the facility. None of the cleaners had a reason to enter the package vehicle and were not allowed to at any point. 

On June 12, Munday was seen taking a “smalls bag” containing 29 packages from the UPS vehicle and, later, placing a trash bag in his own vehicle. He reported for work on June 13, where surveillance showed him taking another bag with 30 packages and an additional three, according to the affidavit. 

Sheriff’s office investigators executed a search warrant on Munday’s Rozet residence on June 14. They found multiple UPS packages in and around the residence, the affidavit states.  

When interviewed, Munday admitted to stealing packages since Christmas 2023, when he kept a package that fell off a UPS vehicle. He said he didn’t have any friends or family and keeping the package made him feel like someone gave it to him. After that initial incident, Munday said he spiraled and began taking more and more packages, per the affidavit, which says he estimated taking over 150 packages. 

Munday kept some of the items he stole around his residence, while he placed others outside in trash bags or disposed of them in a community trash trailer at the Campbell County landfill. The suppressors were found behind his couch, and Munday said he intended to leave them in his house or throw them away, the affidavit states. 

The 53-year-old didn’t see his actions as theft and told investigators that UPS had insurance to cover the cost of the packages. He denied selling anything he stole and “just did it to feel alive,” according to the affidavit. 

According to the sheriff’s office, the incident remains an active investigation and more charges could be pending. 

A preliminary hearing has been set for June 24, when a Circuit Court judge will determine if sufficient probable cause exists to bind Munday to District Court on the single felony theft with intent to deprive charge, court documents state. 

In Wyoming, felony theft with intent to deprive is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both, per court documents.