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Police search for mail thieves


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police say, usually when someone doesn't get the package they're expecting, they chalk it up to lost mail, but they may be a victim of a crime.

Milton Skeen lives in the Firebrook neighborhood and said he'd been expecting a package in late March.

"Checked the tracking from Amazon and UPS and it said it had been delivered," said Skeen.

But there was no box. He checked a surveillance video he set up a few years ago, and sure enough, he saw a delivery truck drop it off.

"About thirty minutes after that, a car pulled up in front of my home, walked up to the door, and took the package out from the door," said Skeen.

Police said he's not the only victim. They also worked a similar case in the Southpoint neighborhood and they say lots more people have been affected without even realizing it.

"People think maybe it got lost or it never showed up. It doesn't occur to them that probably someone simply stole it from their front porch," said Lexington Police spokesperson Sherelle Roberts.

"I have a friend over across the road in Dogwood Trace who had a friend whose packages were stolen and he talked to the UPS man and sure enough, they're familiar with lots of packages that are stolen around town," said Skeen.

A woman in Southpoint said her husband noticed a car similar to the one caught on video the day their packages were stolen. Skeen says he's feeling good about that decision to put cameras up.

Police say in most cases, these thieves are just hoping to get lucky and find something valuable in the packages that they can sell. They worked a rash of similar thefts earlier in the year, but they don't believe the newer cases are related.


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