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Postal inspectors and police investigating reports of postal imposter in Scottsdale

Posted at 11:02 PM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 10:32:10-05

U.S. Postal inspectors will be keeping close tabs of a Valley neighborhood looking for a postal imposter caught stealing packages on a home surveillance camera. 

The video was recorded on Monday at a home near Hayden Road and the Loop 101 in north Scottsdale.

It shows a woman wearing a USPS mail carrier shirt walk up to the door carrying a box the homeowner said was empty. She drops off the box and leaves with two packages belonging to the homeowner. 

ABC15 reached out to the Postal Service for comment and learned the person is not a real mail carrier. A U.S. postal inspector told ABC15 that simply wearing the postal shirt will exponentially add to her crime spree. 

"I do believe this is someone impersonating a postal employee, which itself is a federal offense, in addition to the mail theft," said Postal Inspector Liz Davis. "We have not seen a lot of this in recent years. It's the first time I've even seen it this year at all."

Davis said inspectors will be patrolling and investigating the theft. Scottsdale police also said they're looking into this.  

USPS has tips for safe holiday package delivery on their website.