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Postman prime suspect in parcel pilfering plot
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Postman prime suspect in parcel pilfering plot

Published: 08 Mar 2012 08:36 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Mar 2012 08:36 GMT+01:00

The police, on the trail of the package-thieving family since February, raided a storage room in the nearby town of Bergisch Gladbach on Tuesday, where they found the mountain of packages. They had already searched an apartment in the Dellbrück district of Cologne.

The postie family had been paid to use their own vehicles to deliver packages for the Deutsche Post subsidiary DHL. According to a report in Bild newspaper, they had no idea what was in any of the parcels.

“The products were probably meant to be sold through Kölner Hehler, Ebay and other internet portals,” one investigator told the paper.

Those packages which have not been opened will be delivered by a DHL security firm, while police are hoping that customers will contact DHL or the police to claim other parcels that have been opened.

The suspects themselves claimed that they had bought all the products at a flea-market.

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Your comments about this article

10:26 March 8, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
i suspect these are not the only ones working for DP and DHL who are thieving. I very seldom receive a large envelope or parcel from abroad that has not been tampered with in some way. It has got to the point now that I am amazed when I get post from abroad that does not have a little tear in the envelope where little eyes have had a little look-see.
10:37 March 8, 2012 by chicagolive
Me two I have never received any package from the states that was not screwed with. even got a package that some one had been pulling on the clothes. I know because I know how my brother packs things nothing will move a mm unless it gets messed with. Have made several complaints but to no avail.
13:03 March 8, 2012 by jg.
Me too. Inland packages are OK but letters and packages from abroad are regularly tampered with or go missing.
13:05 March 8, 2012 by boopsie
Could it be anti-terror control rather than the postman?
19:40 March 8, 2012 by crm114
.... or could it be light fingered postal workers in the land of origin?

bloody foreigners !
17:37 March 10, 2012 by raandy
I suspect that it more about a fee or duty on the item. I also rarely receive a pkg from the States that has not been tampered with. I never thought that this was someone looking to steal the contents.I have never had that happen,yet.

A few times the DHL driver has rung my bell and needs to collect the duty for the item. I prefer this as opposed to a trip to the dreaded Zoll.

Mark Twain once said "if you want to see the dregs of society then go to the jail when they are changing the guard" I say go to Zoll.
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