12 On Your Side: Grinch swipes Christmas packages off porch, says man


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Dec. 20, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW)

"All this week I've been getting packages. Last week I got packages," says Bobby Hankerson. Christmas gifts for family and friends. But Hankerson says two packages that were delivered to his door this week disappeared.

"I never had that problem before," says Hankerson.

While he says crime just does not happen in his neighborhood, he suspected that it could have been an opportunistic thief. He says he filed a police report. "I thought that maybe somebody came by and followed the truck," says Hankerson.

Whoever the Grinch was, Hankerson says they made off with hundreds of dollars in Paul Fredrick designer men's clothing. He says he confirmed that the package was delivered at 2:45 p.m.

Hankerson says two neighbors were watching when the FedEx delivery truck pulled into his driveway.

"My neighbor said that she saw the truck come drop off the packages rode up the street a couple times, came back and parked in the driveway," says Hankerson. He says he contacted FedEx but is getting the runaround regarding what happened to his Christmas gifts.

"Everybody's gonna call me back within an hour, two hours and it ended up begin two days," says Hankerson. But he says still no word on what happened.

We contacted FedEx looking for answers. A media representative told us that there were law enforcement reports of a van following a FedEx truck in the Augusta area. However, Richmond County authorities say they had no report of such an incident. In a prepared statement from FedEx, it says:

"It appears that a FedEx Express package was delivered to Mr. Hankerson; then later, a FedEx Ground driver made a misdelivery to that address and came back to retrieve the second one. We will continue to look into this."

Meanwhile Hankerson says he hopes the Grinch that tried to steal his joy gets caught. "It's always bad when someone comes in and takes something belonging to someone else," says Hankerson.

FedEx says it is continuing to investigate. Meanwhile it recommends never shipping a package to an address where someone cannot retrieve it right away.

The company has a mobile application that alerts you when a shipment is headed to your home. It your are not there you can have it re-routed to another location even if it is already on the way to your home.


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