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BEAUMONT, Texas – A 44-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.             

        Curtric DeMaine White pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.

        According to information presented in court, during the early morning hours of July 31, 2019, White and others burglarized Best Buy in Mobile, Alabama and D’Iberville, Mississippi.  Later in the evening of that same day, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 10 West in Vidor, Texas on a vehicle having a fictitious license plate.  White was identified as one of the two occupants of the vehicle.  While questioning the occupants, the officer noticed a steel security cage in the vehicle.  After getting consent to search, the cage was found to have the Best Buy “Geek Squad” insignia on it and contained approximately 20 new Apple iPhones, all of which were determined to belong to Best Buy.  In total, the two Best Buy stores suffered a combined loss of $117,363.97 in stolen items and damage to their property.

        Under federal statutes, White faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.  The statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

        This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Vidor Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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