Published: Mon, December 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Package thief leaves thank you note

Package thief leaves thank you note

Hilary Von Smith returned to her St. Paul residence on Wednesday evening expecting to find an Amazon box on her stoop after receiving a text earlier in the day notifying her that the parcel had been delivered.

"I looked down and there was a piece of notebook paper folded neatly on the top step where the package probably should have been, so I picked it up, read it, and it basically was a thank you note, 'For letting me steal your package, '" said Smith. The note thanked her for the "opportunity of stealing" her package and was signed by the package's "new owner". Very nice of you.

A real-life Grinch took nastiness to a new level after snatching a gift from a doorstep and leaving a sarcastic thank-you note for the victim.

Smith told the station that she was "angry and confused and quite flabbergasted" by the note, which on Facebook she branded a "d-head move".

If a thief snatches it, he or she will discover the package is actually stuffed with "a little gift from my dog".

Have packages delivered to a neighborhood store.

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Other options include shopping locally rather than online when possible, having the package held by the delivery service for you to pick up at their distribution center at your convenience, or utilizing other secure delivery services such as Amazon Locker.

Last week, The New York Times published data that revealed around 1.7 million packages are stolen or go missing in the United States every single day. Images posted online have led to some arrests, he said.

The thief did something the police called "unbelievable": they left a thank-you note.

Police noted package thefts increase during the holiday season, and noted since October 1, at least 94 of the thefts were reported in St. Paul.

She even adds cigarette butts and kitty litter into the boxes before sealing them back up and leaving them outside her front door to resemble freshly-delivered packages.

"I do like a well-crafted thank-you note", she said, "but that's when I give a gift".

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