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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed Dec 16 2015 21:48:29

Robbers Hijack Amazon Delivery Truck

By: Ina Steiner

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Robbers hijacked an Amazon delivery truck after it left a warehouse full of packages to be delivered. We've been hearing reports of increased package theft from people's front porches, but the armed robbery heightens concerns.

An Amazon spokesperson told EcommerceBytes in an emailed statement, "We take incidents of this nature very seriously and are grateful the delivery service provider's driver is safe. We are cooperating with the police investigation and will work with customers to resolve any issues."

The incident occurred on Wednesday - the white panel truck that was leased by Amazon was found empty by Miami-Dade Police on the side a road - the report by CBS News Miami painted the picture when it wrote, "Strewn all along the shoulder of the roadway around the van were bright colored plastic crates that had held about a hundred packages Ramos was to deliver."


Shown Above: An Amazon truck similar to the one hijacked in Florida.

We've been seeing Amazon white panel trucks making deliveries in the Boston area even in suburbs where just regular Prime is available (not Prime Now or Prime Fresh).

Initially the trucks were unmarked, but we recently saw one sporting a large Amazon logo on the side.

There was no mention of a dash camera in the hijacked truck; that might be a deterrent for delivery trucks especially around the holidays.




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by: SparklyEyes7 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 17 00:57:44 2015

I don't know how much a dash cam would help. Sunday night we had a news crew robbed at gunpoint.  The crooks were nabbed a few hours later because they were in a stolen car.  

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by: Tiffee Jasso This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 17 01:24:15 2015

Not surprising to me. In California, they hi-jack the "Toys for Tots"  truck almost every year.  

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 17 01:28:06 2015

Slightly OT but they have even caught the Post Office workers in NYC STEALING the toys that were being used to fulfill the  "Santa Wish List"  by volunteers who bought the items and brought them in.  And some of the PO workers were actually "Planting"  the names and wishes on these lists hoping to get what THEY wanted and skim it off.

We live in strange and sad times.  

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by: ignatz This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 17 09:08:07 2015

And soon, robbers driving stolen Amazon delivery trucks will be stealing Amazon drones and taking off with inside the trucks.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Al G

Thu Dec 17 09:12:03 2015

@ignatz
The Japanese announced a drone "drone interceptor" which nets the drone.

Only a matter of time.

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by: Randy This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 17 10:08:43 2015

I'm really surprised this doesn't happen more often. Here in Columbus, Ohio, most FedEx Home Delivery drivers leave their vans unlocked and running while making deliveries.

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 17 11:18:47 2015

Well the surest way to chase off those unwanted delivery guys appears to be an overweight and slightly hysterical Toy Fox Terror.

Oh---did I mis-spell that?  My bad.    

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 17 11:27:32 2015

BTW---out here in Cow Town we recently had some one open a shipping store---they ship UPS;  FedEx etc--sell supplies- that sort of thing.  But the GOOD NEWS is that the person here will also ACCEPT your deliveries. We still can't get a UPS or FedEx delivery on Saturday but at least we can be assured that the package is not sitting on the PORCH. And because we  'r speshul we  can get packages delivered by the store owner on her way home if we arrange in advance!  

You can also ask your friendly local Post Office to intercept your PACKAGES  so they are held there for you to pick up;  I am not sure how you label them for this but call them and ask.  

Some people have asked about building lock boxes for packages (if you get a lot)  and the PO can tell you what is acceptable or not;  you would also have to arrange to give them keys of course.  Some apartment complexes have common "Package boxes"  along with regular mail boxes;  maybe neighborhoods need to go to these instead of porch delivery.  

I suspect that out here a drone would be attacked by the hawks and resident Bald Eagles tho.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Dec 17 13:37:03 2015

I do like the idea of drone interceptors, whether it be by machine, hawk or bald eagle.

It's hysterical when news agencies spend more time talking about their drones than they do the actual story that the drone is filming. They are so proud.  LOL

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This user has validated their user name. by: Shop and Ship

Thu Dec 17 14:03:37 2015

We've had a "lock box" for years; we call it our "POB" [Post Office Box]

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by: OnlyPollyPocket This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 17 17:03:13 2015

I have recently had to have my personal packages delivered to my UPS store where I have business packages delivered because of porch shoppers.

Also, I can no longer raise the flag and leave outgoing mail/packages in my box.  My mailman left a note a couple of months ago ''the flag was up but nothing in the box'' :(

Incredible!

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.

Thu Dec 17 18:34:45 2015

>>Also, I can no longer raise the flag and leave outgoing mail/packages in my box.  My mailman left a note a couple of months ago ''the flag was up but nothing in the box'' :(
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A few months ago I went to get the mail out of our box and saw that THEY had left the flag up. That isn't something your should blame on the customer as either thieves stole something or the mailman forgot to put it down since how many people really get their jollies by going to the mailbox to put the flag up to play a prank on the mailman?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset

Fri Dec 18 09:28:15 2015


Most of our Amazon orders this year came USPS (all on time except for one delay) .

A few came Fedex (early or on time) and one UPS that arrived a couple days after the estimated delivery date.

FedEx and UPS had multiple drivers, one stays with the truck one runs the packages.
Seems the most efficient way to do it!  USPS had multiple deliveries in one day.  

The news had stories featuring UPS delivery lagging. So... UPS need to decide online ordering is the future and plan better for it for next year.

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Sun Dec 20 19:41:09 2015

Smells like an Inside job.



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