Shipping company employee accused of stealing thousands in iPhones

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A pricey game of telephone has landed two people in jail.

It started at the OKX Logistic shipping company, while shipments of iPhones were coming through Oklahoma City.

Police said Chad Phillips worked at the company and cut the phones out of the boxes and sealed them back up.

Officers said it did not happen once or twice but several times for a total of about $14,000.

Phillips and his wife, Kathleen Eubanks, would then allegedly pawn the phones for quick cash.

"Anytime any items are stolen or even submitted to a pawn shop, the pawn shop is automatically required to enter in those serial numbers," said Sgt. Ashley Peters with Oklahoma City Police.

It was the nationwide database called Leads-on-Line that led detectives to Sooner State Pawn.

One of the stolen phones was pawned there.

The price tag was $300.

It’s money store employees said they will be lucky to see.

"It is very frustrating. I mean, because we are at a loss with it, as well. We are a victim. We don't know that the merchandise is stolen," said Jennifer Johnson.

According to a police report, Phillips admitted to the thefts.

NewsChannel 4 tried reaching him and his wife by phone, but the number was no longer working.

Phillips’s former employer, OKX Logistics, said Phillips has been fired.

The company’s owner said this is the first time in its history property has been stolen while in their care.

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