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Doorbell camera captures Amazon driver delivering, taking packages off Raleigh porch

Posted October 8, 2019 5:23 p.m. EDT

— An Amazon delivery driver may just be a swashbuckler in the world of porch pirates.

A Raleigh man says an Amazon driver dropped two packages on his front porch last Friday only to steal them moments later.

No charges have been filed, but Raleigh police said they are investigating the incident.

The homeowner, who didn't want to be identified, said his doorbell camera captured footage of the suspected theft.

The delivery driver can be seen leaving two packages on the porch of a home in the Reserve at Brookhaven neighborhood, off Creedmoor and Millbrook roads in north Raleigh. The driver snaps a photo as delivery confirmation for the homeowner before picking the two packages up and walking back to his van.

Some people who live nearby were stunned to see the footage from the doorbell camera.

"He just takes the package?" an incredulous Brianna Keesee said with a laugh. "What a waste of time. He should’ve just not delivered it at all."

"If it’s that easy, something should change," Tyler Whitehead said.

"I’d rather go to the store and shop. That way I don’t have to worry about it sitting outside my door," Cliff Powell said as he watched the video. "Think I’ll stick to stores, yeah."

The homeowner said he doubts the driver suddenly realized he had left the wrong packages and was simply taking them back so they could be delivered to the correct address. Other packages were already sitting on their porch, he said, so he thinks the driver assumed the family was out of town.

The packages that were taken contained about $50 worth of clothes and supplies for his baby daughter, he said. Amazon refunded him the cost and issued him a $100 credit, he said.

"We’re working with the delivery service partner to investigate the matter and have been in touch with the customer to make it right," an Amazon spokesman said in an email.

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