Crooks targeting holiday packages in delivery trucks

- The holidays are in full swing and so are Christmas time crooks targeting commercial delivery trucks. Just this week two FedEx trucks have been stolen with the drivers still in them.

Bob Nelson who lives on Village Crest Drive in northwest Atlanta said his HOA put out a warning after some thieves were seen driving off in a FedEx truck Monday night.

Atlanta Police said the next day another FedEx Truck was stolen in a similar fashion at Valley Ridge Drive in the late afternoon.

“The delivery driver was in the back of the FedEx vehicle when somebody boarded the vehicle began to drive off. The driver then was able to jump out. We found those vehicles a short time later,” said Sgt. John Chafee.

He said in recent weeks there have been five incidents, three thefts of FedEx Trucks, two this week, one in November.

A couple of weeks ago two UPS trucks were carjacked, the drivers tied up and trucks emptied. A day later a UPS driver was robbed while delivering a package.

Now police are trying to figure out if the holiday season uptick in delivery truck cases could be connected to thieves stealing packages from porches.

“They’re going to spend more time getting a few packages and what we’re seeing now is they’re going directly to the truck where they’re going to have a number of packages that they can get all in one,” said Sgt. Chafee.

Alyce and Dimeji Ogunsola, who lives on Village Crest Drive, said neighbors often help each other out by having packages delivered to someone who is home.

But they are stumped when it comes to the delivery trucks.

“We’ve had packages stolen from our front steps but the trucks stolen, that’s just shocking,” said Alyce Ogunsola.

“You can try to take as many precautions as you can but at the end of the day if these people want to do this they’re going to try to find a way,” said Dimeji Ogunsola.

FedEx and UPS responded to inquiries from FOX 5 News in a similar way. Both companies said their drivers have significant training and safety is a top priority.

The companies said they are working with Atlanta Police in the Investigation and are reaching back to customers whose packages were stolen.

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