Suspected identity thief caught on video signing for UPS delivery

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SAN DIEGO – A Carmel Mountain Ranch man said he's grateful he invested in two security cameras for his home after catching amn alleged thief on his surveillance video.

Hess received an email about an American Express package scheduled to be delivered to his house the next day.

“I wasn’t expecting anything, but I figured I’d see what came in and it said it required a signature,” said Hess.

Hess said the package never arrived.

“I looked on the website and saw it was delivered and signed for… so then I checked my surveillance videos,” he said.

Hess was shocked to see a man in his security video, very clearly walking and then sitting on a sidewalk in front of his home hanging out.

“A guy flagged down the UPS driver when it came,” said Hess. The man walks away with a UPS package tucked beneath his arm.

Hess called the company to find out what had been stolen.

“I called UPS and they gave me the number for Amex. It was $9,000 in gift cards,” Said Hess.

American Express was able to cancel Mr. Hess’ card as well as the transaction.

“I definitely want the guy caught so it doesn’t happen to other people,” Hess said.

UPS delivers millions of packages around the world each day and says package thefts are rare.

UPS officials suggest having packages delivered to where you are, not where you aren’t, and sign up for email alerts.

If you have information on the identity of the man in the video, you’re asked to call the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000; or SDPD's northern division (where the crime occurred) at 858-552-1700.

If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.