AN Amazon customer has shared footage of a delivery driver waiting seven seconds before dumping his parcel – which is grabbed by a thief 30 minutes later.
The clip shows a drenched Amazon delivery driver walk to the front door, briefly wait, drop the parcel, and then sprint back to his van.
Half an hour later, the same camera captured a opportunistic crook walk up, grab the parcel and make a run for it.
Customer Brett John Cunningham posted the CCTV on Amazon’s Facebook page, writing: “Thank you Amazon for leaving my parcel on the doorstep, perfect place for the low life thief to steal it.”
Brett, from Dudley, West Midlands, said the only consolation is that the thief would have been dejected to open a £16 USB desk fan.
The clip begins with an Amazon driver pulling up in front of Brett’s driveway.
He gets out of the van into the heavy rain, and clutching a brown box with Amazon branding he walks up to the front door.
After ringing the bell, he waits just over seven seconds for someone to answer before dropping the parcel on the front door step and heading back to the van.
The footage then cuts to half an hour later, when the rain has calmed.
Within seconds a man wearing grey jogging bottoms and black jacket runs into Brett’s driveway.
He heads directly for the front door, stoops down and grabs the parcel.
The man immediately runs off with the package in his hand and disappears down the street.
On social media, Becky Mouzer added: “Delivery issues?! They left it on your doorstep and it got robbed. He didn’t even wait long enough for someone to come to the door. Tell them you have it on film.”
While Ryan Middleton said: “Absolute joke mate.”
Speaking today, Brett said: “The parcel itself wasn’t of any great value, it was only a £16 desk fan. I guess he was disappointed when he open it, but it was more the principle than anything else, it could have been something worth much more.
“Even if I was in, I don’t think I would have had time to answer the door to him anyway for how quick he gave up after knocking the door.
“We were away on holiday in Somerset from Saturday to Tuesday and the delivery attempt was on the Sunday, so I would have been really lucky if it was still to be sitting there on Tuesday when we got back. If that man didn’t steal it I’m sure someone else would.”
Brett ordered the fan from an eBay seller who appears to have bought the item on Amazon and posted it on, a practice known as “dropshipping”.
Brett added that the eBay seller had not asked him for a safe space and despite trying to contact Amazon himself, they would not speak to him as he hadn’t ordered the item directly.
Brett said the seller had apologised and offered to send a replacement out to him.
Brett added that he had sent the footage to West Midlands Police but had had no response yet.
West Midlands Police said they had nothing on their system relating to the incident.