Three men in Oklahoma were arrested for stealing Dr. Pepper syrup worth more than $100,000, and then trying to sell it at a gas station.

Dr. Pepper Theft

The thefts have been happening every week for months.

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A massive soda heist worth over $100,000 involving the theft and resale of Dr. Pepper syrup has come to an end in Oklahoma County.

Oklahoma County District Court records indicate that three men have been implicated in the scheme. They allegedly stole large quantities of the product and resold it to a local gas station.

Jimmy Robinson. Image courtesy Oklahoma Co. Detention Center.
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One of the accused, Jimmy Robinson III, was arrested in October when he was caught trespassing in the Keurig Dr. Pepper facility on SW 36th St., where he previously worked.

Dr. Pepper Bags Gone Missing

 

The factory's regional manager confirmed to police that thousands of dollars worth of Dr. Pepper 5-gallon Bag in a Box had been disappearing since May.

Doc Nguyen. Image courtesy Oklahoma Co. Detention Center.
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According to the affidavit, the 5-gallon bag of Dr. Pepper syrup has a value of $98. The boxes, with each carrying 40 such bags, were subsequently found missing.

Hector Archila-Rodas. Image courtesy Oklahoma Co. Detention Center.
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Catching The Thieves

To capture the thief, the regional manager resorted to embedding GPS trackers in the boxes, which were discovered to be delivered to a gas station on NW 10th Street.

Robinson reportedly told police he sold the syrup to Doc Ngyuen, the owner of the gas station, for $50 per bag, claiming Ngyuen was aware it was stolen. While working at the factory, Robinson stole around 10 pallets amounting to $39,200 worth of Dr. Pepper syrup. Court records indicate that he continued stealing 2-3 pallets biweekly even after quitting the job.

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A third suspect, Hector Archila-Rodas, has also been accused of playing a part in the theft. The trio is currently facing felony charges related to the scheme.

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