Bobby Gazdzicki's plan worked brilliantly for three months. According to federal court documents, he discovered in April 2011 that as long as he could get hold of a legit tracking number, he could call FedEx, pose as a Dell employee and have the shipping company reroute brand-new computers to whatever destination he chose, thereby avoiding the hassle of actually going out and stealing them.
Then, in July, his missteps began to catch up with him. For one, Gazdzicki badly overestimated how many shipments he could steal before Dell and FedEx caught on. The magic number was somewhat less than the 48, worth $116,238, that prosecutors say he stole.
His other big miscalculation was sending all of those packages to his mom and stepfather's house in Grand Prairie. On July 15, 2011, a Grand Prairie cop donned a FedEx uniform and delivered one of the rerouted packages. Freddie Sims, the stepdad, signed for the delivery using a fake name, prosecutors say.
According to court documents, Sims admitted to regularly accepting FedEx shipments by forging other people's names but insisted that he was merely the middleman. Another stepson, Mark Moccaie, was also involved, he said, but it was Gazdzicki who was the mastermind.
That claim, that Gazdzicki was in charge, was bolstered when the feds tied him to another computer-theft operation they unraveled in December 2011.
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This time, according to prosecutors, Gazdzicki pretended to be from Apple, not from Dell. Instead of telling FedEx to send the shipments to his mom's house, he would change the recipient's name and have them sent to a variety of FedEx stations, where they would be picked up, either by a friend or the mother of Gazdzicki's children.
The first shipment, a single iPad, was picked up at FedEx location in Irving in September 2011. Apple's records show that the device was activated using Gazdzicki's iPad account and was registered as "Bobby's iPad."
The second go-round was about as successful as the first, lasting three months and netting $181,647.15 worth of Apple products. It unraveled when one of Gazdzicki's associates, Orlando Perez, was arrested at an Austin FedEx station on an unrelated theft charge out of Abilene. Emails and text messages between Perez and Gazdzicki that were reviewed by Abilene police told the story.
Gazdzicki was indicted Tuesday on a laundry list of mail fraud and theft charges, as were five alleged co-conspirators. Among them are his mom, Kathleen Ann Gazdzicki, and stepdad.