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Three Philadelphia Men Admit Roles in Conspiracy to Burglarize United Parcel Service Warehouses Across United States, Stealing over $1.6 Million in Packages

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – Three Philadelphia men pleaded guilty today to their roles in a conspiracy to burglarize approximately 55 United Parcel Service (UPS) warehouses across the United States, resulting in the theft of over $1.6 million worth of merchandise, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Sekou Fofanah, 20, Shamaire Brown, 19, and Quamaire Brown, 19, all of Philadelphia, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to informations charging each with one count of conspiracy to commit cargo theft.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From January 2021 through April 2023, Fofanah, Shamaire Brown, Quamaire Brown, as well as co-defendant Aboudramane Karamoko, and others, conspired to commit burglaries of UPS facilities throughout the United States, including warehouses in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Rhode Island. The defendants gained access to the UPS facilities by breaking the window of the loading bay door or by prying open the loading bay door. Once inside, they sought parcels marked with “lithium-ion battery” warnings, which indicated that the packages contained high-value electronic devices such as a cell phones. Fofanah, Shamaire Brown, Quamaire Brown, admitted that they participated in the burglary of at least 55 UPS facilities and stole items valued at approximately $1.6 million.

The charge of conspiracy to commit cargo theft carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the amount of money involved in the offense, whichever is greater.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of Homeland Security Investigations Newark, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Alfonso, with the investigation. He also acknowledged South Brunswick Police Department; Warwick, Rhode Island, Police Department; Clarkstown, New York, Police Department; Livonia, Michigan, Police Department; HSI State College; State College, Pennsylvania, Police Department; New York State Police; Fulton County Sheriff’s Office; Homeland Security Investigations Philadelphia and Rhode Island; New Jersey State Police; Philadelphia Police Department; Pennsylvania State Police; Ohio State Highway Patrol; Taylor Police Department; Brookfield Police Department; Summit County Prosecutor’s Office; and Centre County District Attorney’s Office, for their assistance in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake A. Nasar of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.

The charges against Karamoko remain pending, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Updated March 28, 2024

Press Release Number: 24-118