EVANS CITY, Pa. (KDKA) – Over $3,000 worth of merchandise ready to ship out was stolen out of the mailbox of a family-owned business in Butler County.
State Police say they’re trying to figure out who stole approximately $3,300 worth of merchandise that was packaged and ready to be picked up by USPS.
Police believe the theft happened some time between noon and 1 p.m. last Monday on the 100 block of Timberlee Drive in Evans City, Butler County.
According to a report by state police, the owner of Forever Kindred, a boutique, said they had packaged 98 pieces of merchandise to be picked up, but they were stolen from the mailbox.
The owner of Forever Kindred, Ashley Gamble, said that she had a scheduled pickup for USPS for her orders she filling on Monday.
Family members took four bags of products out to the mailbox to be picked up within a half-hour. They were placed next to the mailbox but not in it. When they went to take the fifth bag out, the previous four packages were gone, and they had assumed the post had already picked up the packages.
Numerous customers called Gamble over the week, asking her for a tracking number on their packages since it hadn’t been updated. Gamble had to make several calls to the post office to find out that the packages were never picked up by the post office.
Monday, when she lost the merchandise, was also trash collection day. Vogel Disposal said however that they never picked up any USPS bags.
The owner said that the cost of the stolen merchandise, including postage and replacing the orders, is estimated to cost about $6000.