GLADSTONE, Mo. – A Gladstone attorney says office surveillance video shows a Walmart delivery man handing his package directly to someone he says is a porch pirate.
James Kessinger ordered items for a family member’s dorm room, which arrived in two deliveries. He said the value of the item was low, but he did not want this to happen to anyone.
In a video from July 30, a delivery driver in a Mazda SUV pulls in and leaves a package by Kessinger’s office door. He even snaps a picture, which was sent to Kessinger in a confirmation email.
Eleven minutes later, a white Pontiac driver arrived and was seen taking the package.
A second delivery driver in a Chevrolet truck then showed up and handed another package to the suspected thief.
In the video player above, FOX4 blurs out the faces of those involved because they have not been charged with a crime.
“This is the icing on the cake,” Kessinger said. “Not only did the man steal my package, but Walmart just gave it to him. He didn’t even have to use it.”
Another confirmation email from the second driver sent 14 minutes later showed no package.
Kessinger noticed something else about the video.
“He had a piece of paper in his hand there, and he walked over, and you could see him put it in the mail slot,” Kessinger said.
Kessinger came in the following Monday and found a piece of mail. He entered the name into his database and discovered that the person had died four years ago.
As a lawyer, Kessinger has access to tools that most people don’t. He said the Pontiac driver had also stolen the tag.
“The guy was driving with stolen plates, with a dead letter in his car,” Kessinger said. “The difference is eleven minutes. I had several people tell me I should be suspicious. It’s an amazing coincidence, or someone told the thief and he knew he was going to come and take the package.
Kessinger wanted to share the story of his strange day at the office so this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
“I want to do my part to protect the next person,” Kessinger said. “I can pay for this stuff. I don’t have to this time, Walmart admits to me, but still, the next person might not be so lucky.”
FOX4 first reached out to Walmart media relations Friday morning. So far, we haven’t heard back.
Gladstone Police Department confirmed they are investigating the case.
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