A BOX Hill woman who received evidence of two thefts through the post has accused the police of “encouraging crime” by failing to investigate.
Sarnia Poat opened a parcel at her home in Headley Heath Approach and discovered two packages addressed to other customers stuffed into the box.
Sarnia Poat with the ripped iPod bags
On closer inspection, she realised the plastic packages were ripped open and the iPod Nanos meant to be inside were gone.
After checking the dispatch and order dates, Ms Poat came to the conclusion the iPods must have been stolen at the depot of delivery firm Yodel and called the police.
She said: “The police weren’t very interested in it. They said if the company who sent the packages approached them to say a crime had been committed then it might be different, but they said I hadn’t suffered any loss so I haven’t had a crime committed against me.” One iPod, worth Â£129.99, was addressed to Pulborough while the other, worth Â£149.99, was due to be sent to Cranleigh, but the empty packages arrived at Ms Poat’s house on March 13.
“I think it’s appalling the police haven’t done anything. I think it’s just encouraging crime,” she added.
A police spokeswoman said: “While the circumstances appear highly suspicious, we cannot say for certain that these items have definitely been stolen and so we would not be able to record the matter as a crime at this stage.
“If, however, the items were reported stolen by either of the two companies which sent them out, then the matter would be recorded as a crime and investigated in the appropriate manner.”
A Yodel spokesman said: “We’re looking into the circumstances of this specific delivery to see whether there is a need for a formal investigation.
“The overwhelming majority of our deliveries run smoothly for retailers and their shoppers.”
Box Hill woman accused police of ‘encouraging crime’ by failing to investigate thefts