Man Who Stole $12 Million Worth Of LG Phones Caught After Driving Truck Into Pole

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Juan Perez-Gonzalez must have thought he had hit the jackpot when he stole a truck full of LG smartphones worth $12 million, but his luck soon ran out when he crashed into a utility pole in Louisville, Kentucky, and was caught by police.

The 40-year-old picked up the truck carrying 22,500 LG G2 handsets in Gary, Indiana, late last week when it was on its way to Sprint. The FBI had information that indicated Perez-Gonzalez may have been involved, but catching him was a great deal easier than they may have anticipated.

When they arrived in Metro Louisville, they found Perez-Gonzalez had crashed the truck into a utility pole near the corner of Knopp Avenue and Grade Lane. He was arrested near the scene of the accident, but police suspect others may also have been involved. As a result, a number of agencies are working on the case.

“I’m not sure how many are involved,” said Sergeant Rick Saint-Blancard with Kentucky State Police. “We’re not sure how organized this is as of yet.”

“Louisville Metro along with the agents from the FBI and the National Insurance Crime Bureau obviously worked together to this point, and then going forward we will be conducting the investigation,” Saint-Blancard added.

Perez-Gonzalez has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, receipt of stolen property, and theft by unlawful taking.

Sprint is scheduled to launch its version of the LG G2 next month. If there happens to be a delay, you’ll know why.