THE OLD SWITCHEROO: “Delivery Man” Is A Package Thief

A prolific package thief who poses as a delivery driver to gain access to secure buildings is developing quite a reputation in the Halsted/Diversey area.

The thief has been around so often, a CWB reader told us this week, “one of the food delivery guys saw [a flyer about the thief] on our condo’s entrance [recently] and said that he saw this person in the neighborhood many times.”

The reader sent surveillance footage of the thief in action from last fall. In both cases, the thief obtains access to a secure building by posing as a delivery man when people step out to walk dogs. He can be seen patiently waiting outside the building for nearly two minutes before being allowed in by unsuspecting women. Notice that he has a package “for delivery” in his hand when he’s allowed inside.

Video One       Video Two

Knowing what’s about to happen, you’ll almost wanna scream at your screen: “Don’t let him in, girl! Don’t let him in!”

According to a flyer posted in the area, this thief is a 5’8″- to 6’1″-tall black man in his 40’s or 50s.

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