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Md. man convicted in theft of Apple deliveries

Tuesday - 2/5/2013, 12:50pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Maryland man has been convicted of conspiring to commit armed robberies of delivery trucks that were distributing Apple Inc. products throughout the region.

U.S. District Judge Leonie (LAY'-uh-nee) Brinkema in Alexandria found 31-year-old Khalil Blackman of District Heights, Md., guilty Monday following a bench trial. He faces a mandatory minimum of seven years in prison and a potential maximum of life when he is sentenced in April.

Court records indicate that Blackman and his cohorts targeted delivery trucks coming in and out of a warehouse in Prince George's County that was used to deliver Apple products. Blackman's co-conspirators included an employee of the contractor that operated the warehouse and ran the deliveries.

Apple lost more than $130,000 in three separate armed robberies that occurred in 2011.

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