Holiday delivery vans being targeted by thieves

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Updated Dec 15, 2016

As if it’s not stressful enough delivering holiday packages, now delivery truck drivers and consumers in Alabama have to keep a closer look-out for thieves.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning about thieves who are apparently following UPS vans as they make package deliveries.

“They’re going door-to-door. We believe they are following delivery trucks, UPS trucks, trying to steal packages. They’re also going door-to-door asking for money,” Sheriff David Abston told

Suspects include a man and a woman in a dark-colored, hand-painted Honda. The car was spotted this week and last. However, calls to law enforcement have come too late.

“We’re getting some calls but they’re 10 to 15 minutes after they’re gone,” Abston said. “If these people knock on your door please call 911 immediately so we can try to track them down.”

Neighboring Tuscaloosa County has also seen an uptick in holiday-related crime, most of which have been burglaries.

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has stepped up patrols with its Crime Suppression Unit in the Fosters area where most of the burglaries have occurred.