June 28, 2016

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Sterling man gets 1 year in prison for nabbing nearly $300,000 of jewelry

MEDINA — A Sterling man was sentenced to one year in prison this morning for stealing about $300,000 worth of jewelry from inside packages, while he was working at a Wadsworth UPS facility.

Corey Zoss, 25, was originally charged in April with a third-degree felony charge of theft. He changed his plea to no contest last month in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Wadsworth police began investigating Zoss in March, when another UPS employee reported there was a suspicious vehicle outside the facility at 478 Corporate Parkway in the early morning hours. Officers searched for and found Zoss.

Police later found $286,984 worth of stolen jewelry inside his home. There were more than 100 separate pieces of jewelry, all of which were in shipments from Akron-based Sterling Jewelry.

Zoss loaded trucks with shipments at the shipping facility and knew which trucks would have packages from Sterling, a Wadsworth police report stated earlier this year.

“He violated a position of trust… The time has come, and he’s got to pay the piper,” Judge James L. Kimber said in court today.

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Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.