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Fake Amazon delivery person caught stealing packages

Two thefts were reported in Woodinville, Wash. where a woman wearing an Amazon vest looks like she's making a delivery, but is actually taking off with packages.

WOODINVILLE, Wash. — The King County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a woman posing as an Amazon delivery person to steal packages from porches in Woodinville. 

The woman seen on doorbell surveillance cameras is wearing what appears to be an Amazon vest. She approaches the home with a package in hand, likely a decoy, and then walks away with the other packages left on the porch. 

Police were delayed in getting the first report because the homeowner thought her package was picked up by an actual Amazon employee. When she called Amazon, she was able to confirm that the person at her porch was not an employee. The homeowner called 911.

The suspect does not rush or runs off, but is comfortable taking her time. It appears that the suspect has someone else drive for her, as she enters and exits the vehicle on the passenger side. 

KING 5 has reached out to Amazon for comment. 

Both thefts occurred on Saturday, Dec. 14. One was on NE 195th Street and the other was on 198th Street in Woodinville. 

If you recognize the woman, call the King County Sheriff's Office at (206) 296-3311.

Here are some things you can do to protect yourself from a package thief: 

  • Have your packages delivered to your work, a neighbor, or friend's home where someone can receive them. 
  • Have your package held at your local post office, UPS, or FedEx store for pickup.
  • Use Amazon lockers available at secure locations.
  • Request packages to be placed out of sight.
  • Take advantage of "ship to store" options 
  • Request signature confirmation upon delivery
  • Install a camera surveillance system on your front porch to help catch a suspect, if a theft occurs.

“We are investigating this incident and working with law enforcement to identify the suspect," Amazon said in a statement. 

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