Amazon delivery van, second vehicle stolen while left running

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Richmond are investigating after an Amazon delivery truck was stolen outside of a local Rite Aid and later recovered in Gilpin Court.

The incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Rite Aid at 520 W. Broad Street when the delivery driver went into the store to make a delivery but left the van unlocked with the keys in the ignition. Police said an unknown suspect stole the vehicle ‘within minutes.’

Shortly after, the van was recovered in Gilpin Court. Police said an undisclosed amount of items were stolen from the truck, though officers did find packages scattered in the surrounding area.

8News learned it wasn’t the only vehicle to be stolen while running on Wednesday.

“I had no idea something like this would happen,” said Kelli Tuck, whose car was stolen Wednesday morning. “I was blown away.”

Tuck started her car and briefly went back inside her home. When she returned outside, she said her car “wasn’t there.”

A feeling Tuck told 8News was debilitating.

“For a minute I thought I was crazy like it was parked somewhere else or I had moved it,” Tuck said. “It was definitely like my stomach dropped. Just hard to believe something like that would happen.”

Police say Tuck’s 2012 Chevy Impala was stolen around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday and is still missing.

“It’s really not a game. Like, it’s really put us out of my daily routine, daily schedule, I had to miss work, I had quite a bit of things stolen.

“It’s definitely not a good feeling to be apart of a story like this, but I’m happy to do whatever in hopes I’ll get my car back.”

On Friday, an Amazon spokesperson responded to 8News’ request for comment.

“We are thankful the delivery driver is safe and are working with law enforcement as they investigate the incident. Our customer service team has been in direct contact with customers to make it right with their package delivery,” the spokesperson said in an email.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. 

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