Amazon driver accused of stealing packages in Utah: He was ‘feeling like the Grinch’

Robert Powell admitted to stealing packages while working as a Amazon driver, police said.
(Davis County Jail)

A Amazon driver stolen packages, including one with a book about the birth of Jesus Christ, from several homes in Utah by pretending to drop off the parcels before swapping them out, police said.

Robert Powell was charged with five counts of theft after he admitted to stealing packages intended for residents in North Salt Lake and Weber County, FOX13 Salt Lake City reported.

“[He was] the feeling that the Grinch, and he took the packages from which he felt did not deserve them and keep them for himself,” North Salt Lake Police Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam told the news station.

A man told FOX13 he saw Powell acting suspicious last week while delivering an Amazon package to his house. He recalled the driver to get off a of and the exchange of a package that was already on the porch for a different package.

The man added he soon realized that Powell didn’t deliver his package, but instead stole it, while he watched.

“I saw a text from my wife saying, ‘hey, there is a expensive amazon delivery. Please pick up,’ and then I realized what happened,” he said.

The man called the police, who said they received similar calls about the Amazon driver. Officers Powell with the packages that he took, the contents of a jacket, camera, soap and the book “A Savior Is Born.”

“He would come up with some sort of a schedule so it seems like the packages were delivered, and then immediately take them back and keep them for himself,” Gwilliam said.

Amazon gave a statement to FOX13 say Powell was fired from his position.

“This kind of behavior is unacceptable and does not reflect the high standards we have for the delivery service partners,” the company said in a statement. “This person is no longer delivering Amazon packages, and we are working with law enforcement as they do.”

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