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Posted on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 : 11:04 a.m.

Ann Arbor woman reports FedEx packages stolen from porch

By Heather Lockwood

A thief apparently swiped some FedEx packages off an Ann Arbor porch last Wednesday, Ann Arbor police said.

A woman who lives in the 600 block of West Washington Street told police she had been anticipating a FedEx delivery, said Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush. She learned two packages had been delivered about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and were left on the porch, but they were gone by 9 p.m.

The stolen packages contained clothing and computer products — both hardware and software, Bush said.

No further details were immediately available.



Tue, Dec 28, 2010 : 9:33 a.m.

I had a TV delivered to my home address 2 months ago and I wasn't home. UPS left the note, so I called and told them I would simply pick it up at their depot. I was told that this was not an option. I try to use the USPS as much as possible for sending packages because they have a much lower incidence of damaging things, from my experience. Reference The Pet Detective...


Tue, Dec 28, 2010 : 9:27 a.m.

It would be nice if UPS and FedEx drivers would at least ring the doorbell before scurrying away when they drop off packages. Some of them can be surprisingly stealthy. The older drivers are generally good about trying to get signatures. There's a poster at the FedEx office off State, a bit south of Ellsworth, that says you can have packages held there for pickup. Not every merchant will cooperate with such requests though. Best bet is to send packages to your workplace if no one's likely to be home.


Mon, Dec 27, 2010 : 6:57 p.m.

I have signed and brought in packages for my neighbors. Many drivers go above and beyond what they really have to do as they deliver. When they put a package on the porch, they don't sit there and wait for the home owner to answer the door or return home. (they don't have the time) Home owners are responsible and the merchant should ask for a police report or investigation. At least have the package traced.


Mon, Dec 27, 2010 : 5:54 p.m.

I wouldn't assume that every merchant would resend without investigation. Maybe this particular merchant requires a police report for the resend. Very unfortunate.


Mon, Dec 27, 2010 : 3:18 p.m.

That is why they have "signature required" option on the shipment. Nobody in the right mind would have valuable computer parts delivered without signature authorization. I always have them shipped at my work address. BTW, people lose their packages a lot, I did mine 2-3 times in past one year before swicthing to work address. So, how come this is news and just because she filed a police report, it came in news? All she need to do is call up the merchant and say thast she never received it and they will resend it.


Mon, Dec 27, 2010 : 3:06 p.m.

Unfortunately this is all too common. The only way to avoid it is to have the package delivered to someone nearby who you know will be home, or to arrange a pick up. I have no idea how to do a pick up with FedEx. The other option with FedEx is to require a signature, and that means they can't leave the package unless you sign for it. UPS has a central location in Ypsi where packages can be picked up, inconvenient, but you get your stuff. The post office can hold packages for pick up at a local branch, but I believe that request needs to be made when the item is sent to you via USPS. At this time of year, thieves are driving around neighborhoods looking for "easy pickings" and packages left on porches, especially after dark, are targets.


Mon, Dec 27, 2010 : 3:02 p.m.

I've had the same thing happen to me but have not filed a crime report. Package was allegedly delivered in the afternoon and within 2 hours it was nowhere to be found. I assumed FedEx made a mistake because I've rarely had issues with deliveries, but it very well could have been theft. My package contained computer products.