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A thief in Virginia is disguising himself as an Amazon delivery driver and stealing packages from people's porches, police say

A thief in Virginia is disguising himself as an Amazon delivery driver and stealing packages from people's porches, police say


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A man dressed as an Amazon delivery driver is stealing packages instead of delivering them in Richmond, Virginia, according to local police.




Wearing a company vest, he approaches homes carrying dummy boxes and switches them for full ones delivered by Amazon, the police said.




The alleged "porch pirate's" photo was released by police, who are seeking more information.




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Police in Richmond, Virginia, said on Friday they were searching for a man dressed as an Amazon delivery driver who was stealing packages from doorsteps rather than dropping them off. Wearing a vest that looked similar to ones worn by Amazon delivery drivers, the man had been stealing packages for a few days, the department said. He walked up to homes with a dummy box, and exchanged it for full boxes, police said."A male, wearing a blue delivery-type vest, much like the one in the photo, has been stealing packages from porches in recent days. With a box in hand he would approach a porch with parcels already present and switch them out before leaving area in a waiting blue vehicle," the department said on Twitter. —Richmond Police (@RichmondPolice) November 27, 2020Police released a blurry photo of the alleged thief, although it was difficult to identify the person. He wore a blue Amazon delivery vest, along with gloves, a hat, and a face-covering. He appeared to have sunglasses on. He carried a small box, which appeared to be empty. After stealing packages, he made his getaways in a blue car, possibly a Nissan Sentra, officers said. He did not have an Amazon truck, they said.
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