PIEDMONT (KRON) — Piedmont police officers responded to a home on St. James Place following a report of a stolen package, according to authorities.
The victim reported they ordered an iPad from Amazon, scheduled to be delivered and signed for via UPS on Dec. 17.
The package was delivered and the victim went outside to retrieve it. Only, the victim found that it was empty.
With the help of their home surveillance system, the victim was able to figure out what happened.
Video revealed that when the package was delivered, a UPS driver’s aide, wearing a reflective yellow vest, delivered the package and signed for the delivery.
The driver’s aide then removed the items from the package.
About three minutes later, the victim went outside and found the empty package.
Piedmont police, with the help of UPS, identified the suspect as 40-year-old Unyque Marie Alley, an Oakland resident.
“In this case, it is a little unique and out of the ordinary,” Capt. Chris Monahan said.
Monahan said Alley was a seasonal driver’s aide for UPS.
The company uses aides to help make deliveries more efficient by giving the driver a second set of hands.
This holiday season, Alley apparently had other plans.
“The agent of the delivery service delivering the package signed for the package, opened the package up, removed the item and the walked back to the delivery truck,” Monahan said.
Alley was located on the delivery route in Piedmont Thursday and taken into custody without incident.
She was transported and booked into the Berkeley Jail for petty theft.
Monahan said it’s crucial to actually be there at the time of the delivery for people getting packages sent to their homes this holiday season.
“Have packages either delivered to work, to neighbors, to relatives, to people that are home who can actually receive the package,” he said. Your package on your porch is at risk.”
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