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CONTACT 13: Thieves dress up as UPS delivery men

Posted at 3:32 PM, Dec 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-04 18:45:38-05
When Lawrence Berry heard the doorbell and saw a man dressed in a brown UPS jacket and hat while carrying a package, he didn't give it a second thought.
"I answered the door," he said, "and as soon as I do, he grabs the .45 and sticks it in my face.
His home surveillance camera picked up the terrifying scene that unfolded. The man pushed his way in, followed by three other armed men who stormed his house.
"They came in en masse," said Berry. "I was trying to shove them out the door and throw the weapon. So I grabbed the gun and we started tussling over it. The weapon discharged in the house."
His wife and kids ran and hid in a closet as the gun went off, firing into the walls. Berry was beaten and hit with a stun gun four times. The thieves stole jewelry and antique guns before making their getaway.
Criminals have been caught impersonating delivery drivers before. In 2013, a New York Police Department surveillance video captured a UPS imposter walking away with a $40,000 package in hand. And in California, gunmen dressed as flower delivery servicemen charged into a home and robbed the house of its valuables.
With heavy demand this holiday season, UPS has a couple of smart tips. First, always keep a look out for the carrier truck and always check for ID. You should also get to know your regular delivery service in your area.
Berry says he's just thankful his family is safe.
"It was a frightening event," he said. "Everyone needs to know in the holiday season this can happen to anyone."