When the telephone solicitation company Wolff SMG went to check for a specific item they would mail to various purchasers, the product inventory was missing. The company representatives called police and thought perhaps it was an inside job.
Wolff SMG is the answering services for various companies and not-for-profit groups that offer premiums to new customers/subscribers. The company stocks and mails out quantities of reward items daily, including cookbooks, stuffed animals, coffee mugs, perfume, socks and panty hose.
Gaborski stole close to $50,000 in assorted products from customer’s warehouse
Macedon Police Chief John Colella was called in to investigate. Like many police departments, Macedon Police subscribes to a service known as “LeadsOnline”, the nation’s largest online investigative system used by more than 4,000 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each day, millions of items are added to the LeadsOnline database by businesses including secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, pawn shops, and Internet drop-off stores across all 50 states. Those records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies, meaning crimes can be solved in seconds, not months. The site searches data bases for pawn transactions, metal thefts and online auction sites, including e-bay.
By using leads developed, Chief Colella spotted a local lead ,selling many of the items stolen, on an E-bay account. Tracing the account, police found that Brian Gaborski, age 37, of Main Street in Newark, a postal worker at the Macedon Post Office, was the man behind the sales.
According to Colella, Gaborski would make daily routine trips to the nearby Wolff SMG to pick up sacks of outgoing mail at a company warehouse loading dock. He reportedly noticed the cases upon cases of items, then sometime in March of 2010, began loading them into his vehicle, almost on a daily basis.
After discovering who was behind the thefts this past July, police obtained a search warrant for Gaborski’s residence. Police were able to obtain a full confession from Gaborski as to his actions and recovered approximately $26,000 dollars worth of stolen items from Wolff SMG within the residence. In addition to the items recovered, Gaborski is alleged to have sold approximately $23,000 worth of stolen items on his E-bay site. Gaborski, a 13 year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, resigned from his Post Office position in July.
After police collected data on the amount of stolen merchandise, Gaborski was arrested on Wednesday (11/14) and charged with Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a Class D. Felony.
Macedon Police Chief John P. Colella stated, “Through the use of the latest technology available to our agency, and with excellent cooperation with the US Postal Inspector General’s Office in Buffalo, we were able to identify a suspect immediately and recover a large amount of the stolen merchandise for the victim. The defendant had abused his position with the Postal Service for his personal gain in order to pay his mortgage and personal expenses”. “Due to the complex nature of hundreds of financial transactions and delay of subpoena records from E-bay, the arrest was made today” (11/14). Gaborksi was arraigned on the charge and is to appear at a later date in Macedon Town Court.