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Danbury police look for identity, package thief

April 3, 2019

DANBURY — Police are trying to identify a man caught on security camera taking a package from a Maplewood Drive residence last Thursday.

The homeowner said it all began March 25, when she woke up to a bunch of emails.

“I thought my identity was being stolen, but at closer look, someone had just used my email address to sign up for numerous newsletters,” she said.

In the middle of all of the emails was one from AT&T confirming an order for three Samsung Galaxy smart phones, totaling $3,000, the homeowner said.

“Turns out someone hacked my AT&T account online to order the phones and signed me up for all these newsletter to wash out the email from AT&T,” said the homeowner, who “immediately called AT&T to report the fraud.”

The homeowner said AT&T told her they would cancel the order. That, however, did not work, as she got a shipment notification from AT&T two days later.

“I called AT&T again, and they said cancellations sometimes don’t go through for whatever reason but they would try and intercept FedEx,” she said.

That, too, was unsuccessful.

The next day, FedEx delivered the phones to the homeowner’s doorstep around 11:40 a.m.

Twenty minutes later, a man pulled up in a dark Honda and took the package.

After seeing this on her Ring home security, the homeowner notified police and sent them the videos.

“Internet scams are not an uncommon occurrence anywhere, including Danbury,” Lt. Andrew Corrado said.

Corrado said the police department tries to educate the public on ways to protect themselves from becoming victims of internet scams.

For those who do fall victim, he said, it’s important for them to report incidents to police as soon as possible.

“Danbury police will work with various agencies as appropriate, depending upon the nature of the crime, level of investigation required, as well as many other factors. There is really not a one-size-fits-all response to these types of incidents,” he said.

“The best advice that we can offer is to report all issues or incidents in a timely manner to give us the best chance to address the situation.”

Anyone with information about the theft on Maplewood Drive is asked to contact the Danbury Police Department.

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