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FedEx employee Alex Palacios arrested for stealing 10 firearms

A FedEx employee who worked in Victorville was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing a package containing 10 handguns, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials reported.

Alex Steven Palacios, 30, of Hesperia, remained at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto on Friday, with bond set at $50,000, according to sheriff’s booking records.

Palacios is scheduled to appear in Victorville Superior Court on Tuesday, according to sheriff’s officials.

The Victorville Sheriff’s Station said a deputy responded to a report of embezzlement at the FedEx office on Industrial Boulevard on Thursday.

Deputies were told an employee had hijacked a package containing 10 handguns, which were documented with serial numbers and a FedEx tracking number, sheriff’s officials said.

Through the investigation, a deputy learned that the employee, later identified as Palacios, loaded the package onto his work vehicle but did not deliver the package to its destination, authorities said.

A search warrant has been served at Palacios’ residence in the 16200 block of Orange Street in Hesperia, the sheriff’s department said. Upon arrival, deputies found a revolver with a scratched serial number and several large capacity magazines. They continue their search for the remaining firearms.

Palacios was arrested and convicted of embezzlement, theft and tampering with a firearm.

FedEx Rules for Shipping Firearms

According to the company, only Federal Firearms License (FFL) holders and federal, state, or local government agencies can ship firearms with FedEx.

FFL customers must enter into an approved FedEx Firearms Shipping Compliance Agreement before shipping firearms with them.

Authorities have not said who sent the box that Palacios is suspected of having stolen.

Last year, FedEx employee Anthony Parker, 55, of Troy, New York, was arrested after removing a package containing a gun from a conveyor belt inside a distribution center company, according to the Department of Justice.

Parker then hid the gun and magazines in his residence. He had previously been convicted of second degree murder.

Parker was sentenced to 51 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Anyone with information about the ongoing investigation in Victorville is asked by the Sheriff’s Department to contact the Victorville Sheriff’s Station at 760-241-2911 or the Sheriff’s Dispatch at 760-956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you can leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz can be reached at 760-951-6227 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz