Jan 16, 2015 6:42 PM by News Staff
A former Shasta County UPS driver has been arrested by sheriff's deputies for allegedly stealing more than $200,000 worth of gold and silver as it was being shipped.
Shasta County sheriff's officials say today's arrest of 40-year-old Kevin Peel of Anderson, capped a year and a half investigation into the theft of shipments destined for metal dealers into Shasta County.
The investigation began in October of 2013 and detectives determined the thefts were occurring during the shipping process. In October 2014 UPS supervisors were told by authorities more gold and silver was being stolen. Citing company policy the supervisors asked to search the drivers when they returned from their routes, but Peel would not allow the search of his lunch box.
The next day investigators served a search warrant at Peel's home on Gaines Lane in Anderson and found $197,000 in gold and silver.
Following the search a warrant was issued for Peel's arrest, however he managed to avoid authorities until Friday when a deputy spotted him driving through Anderson. Peel was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of Grand Theft, bail is set at $250,000.
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