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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Kirkwood neighborhood couple had their Christmas gift intended for relatives stolen from their front porch.

Thursday night JP Delaney stumbled upon an Amazon package box in his neighbor’s backyard.

The package was empty and after checking his tracking information, Delaney found out it had been delivered Saturday.

“I was very mad. It also kind of makes you a little uncomfortable thinking people are coming to your front door looking around,” Delaney said.

Approximately $100 worth of gifts were stolen.

“[My wife] reported it and Amazon pretty much immediately sent an email saying that they would replace all the items and expedite shipment and it’s supposed to be here on the 24th,” Delaney said.

In 2013 the United States Postal Service Inspection office investigated 1,752 cases of mail theft.

Officer Douglas Campbell with Greensboro police said depending on the dollar amount of the package, mail theft can be a felony or misdemeanor charge.

The USPS advises customers to do the following to avoid mail theft during the holiday season and year round:

  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.
  • Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
  • Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector.