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Police accuse UPS manager of heading burglary ring

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BROOKSVILLE -

Scott Astringer, a senior manager with UPS, was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of burglary and grand theft.

Astringer, 39, of Arborglades Drive in Spring Hill, admitted to planning and assisting in two burglaries, one on Dec. 23, 2012, and the other on March 17, Brooksville Police Chief George Turner said.

Brooksville Police and UPS’s corporate security performed a nearly 6-month investigation into the manager, and believe he supplied his keys to an unknown suspect to access the shipping center and the safe where high-value items are stored, as well as information on times to enter the business without being seen by staff.

Police Chief George Turner said electronics, jewelry, gold coins and prescription drugs —including oxycontin and oxycodone — were taken from the packages.

Turner said the total value has not been determined, but estimates “several thousand dollars worth of property” was taken.

Astringer was the “mastermind that recruited other people from Pasco County to actually commit the burglaries, grand thefts and sell the items on the street,” Turner said. The investigation is ongoing and future arrests are possible, Turner added.

Astringer was arrested at the Brooksville UPS shipping center at 7230 Broad St. His bond is set at $20,000.

Hernando County court and jail records do not show Astringer has been arrested before.

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