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Caught on camera: Grocery delivery man stealing from Summerlin woman

Posted at 6:49 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 22:52:20-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Summerlin woman says two delivery men stole something important from her garage after they delivered her groceries.

It was an act that took only a few seconds - a man stealing a $250 vacuum after dropping off groceries.

"You are doing a very big disservice during a time of crisis," Jane Ashe said.

Ashe, 78, has her groceries delivered to her Summerlin home because she's concerned about being exposed to the coronavirus pandemic, especially at her age.

She said when her groceries came last Tuesday, they were dropped off by her interior garage door, and as she spoke with the man, another went in and grabbed the vacuum.

"Because we had a flood and there's debris in my garage, I didn't notice the vacuum missing. It was brand new, and I bought it at the end of March," Ashe said.

She told 13 Action News that she found it was missing four days later, and then watched her security footage and couldn't believe someone would try to take advantage of her situation.

"What you're doing is deplorable and terrible. I even gave them a good tip," Ashe said.

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She also said she still needs the groceries delivered to her, but now, she's taking some extra measures.

"Don't ever open the garage door until they have placed it there, and you have seen them drive away," Ashe said.

John Perdichizzi, the owner of ASAP Security, says homeowners should not have their groceries delivered to them inside their garage.

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"Have the deliveries delivered outside the home. Wait until the delivery driver drives away, then open your garage door, your front door, whatever you need to do to bring your groceries in," Perdichizzi said.

He recently installed a camera system for Ashe in her garage, and it helped reveal the theft. Perdichizzi says it's very fortunate nothing else happened, and having cameras could further deter would-be burglars.

"They'll follow you into your garage, and now you're trapped, so it is a good idea to have one in your garage,' he said.

Perdichizzi also says homeowners should remain vigilant with their deliveries and keep a close eye on any visitors.

"Don't let strangers in your door. I don't care if they say they're with the water company, the electric company, they're delivering, don't let them in, speak to them through the doorway," he said.