Grinch steals Christmas, leaves empty boxes

8:48 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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This is the time of the year when theft is more likely, and almost like a movie, a Grinch stole Christmas right off of one Knoxville woman's front doorstep.

Cassie Rogers said she came home after working her two part-time shifts on Monday, to find boxes ripped open and empty.

"I'm very hurt that somebody could do this. And I do feel like it's a slap in the face," said Rogers.

This is Rogers' first Christmas away from her family. She transferred to the University of Tennessee from a college in Oregon, where she's from.

"Whoever opened them up could see the "I love you" on them, and "Merry Christmas," from my mother and my father. They saw all that and they didn't care. They went ahead and did it anyway," said Rogers.

The packages were from U.P.S., FedEx, and the U.S. Postal Service. All were delivered Monday.

"I couldn't believe that somebody would actually do this close to Christmas. And it's ironic because my mom was asking me if she should force a signature, because I work all day," said Rogers.

Rogers said she assumed the packages would be fine on her doorstep, since she has successfully received mail and deliveries for the past couple of months at her West Knoxville address.

Knoxville Police said Rogers' story is the only report on record of stolen packages this holiday season. The Knox County Sheriff's Department said it has not received any reports of stolen deliveries.

David McGill, the station manager at the U.S.P.S. on Cross Park Drive said his location has received reports of people having mail stolen out of their mailboxes in various subdivisions. McGill said that trend tends to happen in spurts.

McGill and managers with FedEx and U.P.S. said one of the best ways to prevent stories like Rogers' from happening, is to require a signature for delivery.

Other tricks of the trade include delivering packages to a direct post office or U.P.S. or FedEx store, to ensure a safe delivery. Senders can also go online to chose a preferred time of the day for delivery to make sure someone is home to receive the package.

As for the Grinch who stole one woman's Christmas, Rogers had one message.

"I just want to say Merry Christmas to the people who took them from me. Because obviously you needed them more than I did, to go through all this trouble."

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