ATLANTA - Police said a UPS driver was ambushed in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood Wednesday night in what appears to be a dangerous trend developing for delivery drivers at the start of the holiday season.
Wednesday night along Allegheny Street near Cascade Ave, Atlanta Police said an armed man ambushed a UPS driver as it was making deliveries. Investigators said the man ordered the delivery driver out of the signature brown truck and before he ransacked the van, pilfering packages.
Police said package pirate also stole the delivery driver’s cell phone before leaving the scene.
A witness called 911. No injuries were reported in this incident.
This incident follows a similar report from Tuesday morning near the Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW & Fulton Industrial Blvd NW. Atlanta Police said two UPS delivery trucks were stopped at a red light around 10 a.m. when they were ambushed.
“They were stopped at the red light there when three males approached. They got in those two vehicles and forced the drivers to drive to the 3000 block of Cushman Circle,” said Sgt. John Chafee, Atlanta Police Department.
That location is an abandoned apartment complex in northwest Atlanta about five miles.
“The males tied up the drivers and they began to load the packages from this trucks into a waiting U-Haul truck,” said Sgt. Chafee.
Police said the crooks didn’t get a chance to get away thanks to a witness who phoned in a tip to police.
“The suspects heard the police coming into the area and they fled leaving all three of those vehicles there along with the packages there,” said Chaffee.
Police will be investigating if the two incident are related, but as of late Wednesday evening, it was too early to tell.
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Atlanta Crime Stoppers. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a $2,000 reward.